UFC News: Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler official for UFC 266

Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robbie Lawler (red gloves) before his fight against Ben Askren (blue gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Diaz’s long-awaited return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon has a date.

Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler official for September

Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole reported Tuesday afternoon, that plans for a Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler fight are official and will go down on September 25 at UFC 266. Iole’s source was none other than UFC President Dana White.

Diaz, 37, hasn’t competed since a January 2015 bout against middleweight legend Anderson Silva. The fight was originally scored as a unanimous decision win for the Brazilian. However, both failed drug tests after the fight, and the bout was overturned to a no-contest. It was Diaz’s third failed test in Nevada–all for marijuana–and led to an unprecedented five-year suspension being handed down from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC), is a former Strikeforce welterweight champion and has competed for UFC welterweight gold twice, once for an interim title. The last opportunity came against division great Georges St-Pierre in 2013.

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Jun 12, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Nick Diaz brother of Nate Diaz in attendance during UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lawler, 39, last fought in August 2020 and lost to Neil Magny by unanimous decision. A former UFC welterweight champion, “Ruthless” (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC) is on a four-fight losing streak, with his last win coming in the summer of 2017.

This fight will also be a long-hoped-for rematch, as the two fought at UFC 47 in April 2004. Diaz won by second-round knockout.

UFC 266 is scheduled to take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

–Field Level Media

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