Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler 2 is ready for UFC 266 in September.
Diaz vs. Lawler’s second installment will serve as the main co-event for UFC 266, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, September 25 via ESPN + pay-per-view (PPV). Diaz’s attorney Ross Goodman has confirmed the fight is a done deal, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Diaz and Lawler previously met at UFC 47 on April 2, 2004, the first scoring an all-time classic knockout in the second round.
Diaz (26-9-0-2) has not competed professionally since a unanimous decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January 2015. The fight was then overturned in a “No Contest” after Silva had tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone. Diaz’s last victory came in October 2011 by unanimous decision against BJ Penn. He holds notable wins over Paul Daley, KJ Noons, Frank Shamrock, Gleison Tibau, and Chris Lytle, among others.
Lawler (28-15-0-1), a former UFC welterweight champion, is currently in the worst slippage of his career with four losses. He hasn’t won a fight since defeating Donald Cerrone at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017. His hit list includes Carlos Condit, Rory MacDonald (twice), Johny Hendricks, Matt Brown, Jake Ellenberger, Josh Koscheck, Melvin Manhoef, Frank Trigg and Lytle.
UFC 266 was scheduled to be titled by Jan Blachowicz against Glover Teixeira in a UFC Light Heavyweight title clash; however, that fight was postponed to UFC 267 on October 30 at Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. UFC 266 will likely be featured by UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski against Brian Ortega.
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