Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently filmed behind-the-scenes footage of Nick Diaz – later shared by European broadcast partner BT Sport – featuring former welterweight champion Strikeforce warming up for his UFC 266 photoshoot.
The 11-second clip was meant to motivate combat sports fans for his middleweight rematch against Robbie Lawler, which takes place on the UFC 266 pay-per-view (PPV) main card this Saturday. night (September 25, 2021) inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Instead, he blew up the wheels of the Diaz war chariot.
Representatives from BetOnline.ag today confirmed that within hours of the shadowboxing clip going viral, Diaz went from an even odds to a +130 betting outsider, meaning the money late arrived quickly and furiously on the mighty Lawler.
I’m sure these comments only exacerbated the situation.
Lax shadowboxing is nothing new from diaz, who usually just throws out his hands to get his blood flowing. But as we’ve seen in the past, the slow, lethargic strikes due to aging, inactive fighters can be indicative of things to come.
“Do I feel confident? I never do. I have never. I always feel like I’m going to be destroyed there, in every fight I’ve ever done, ”Diaz told ESPN. “How do you feel against Robbie Lawler?” I feel like I’m going to fuck my ass. And even when I win, I am even worse.
He wasn’t too roughed up when he arrested Lawler at UFC 47 in 2004.
Diaz (26-9, 2 NC), who turned 38 just a few weeks ago, hasn’t won a fight for almost a decade and has spent the past six years on vacation. As for the 28-15 (1 NC) Lawler, now 39, he has just suffered four consecutive defeats and has not played since his fall to Neil Magny in the summer of 2020.
We still have two more days before Diaz and Lawler set foot in the cage and we haven’t even completed the weigh-ins, so there’s a good chance the silver line could shift back and forth. here the night of the fight.
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