That is how lengthy it has been since MMA fan-favorite Nick Diaz has been contained in the octagon, however that every one adjustments this weekend at UFC 266.
For the primary time since February 2015, Diaz will step contained in the UFC cage this Saturday and tackle former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Diaz’s final combat, which was properly over six years in the past, resulted in a loss to Anderson Silva in the primary occasion of UFC 183. The end result was ultimately modified to a no contest after it was revealed Silva had examined optimistic for PEDs.
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Though he is solely fought 3 times up to now decade and hasn’t received any of these fights, Diaz’s return to the UFC at age 38 has loads of followers excited due to his cult hero-like standing.
Regardless of by no means profitable a title within the UFC, Diaz held gold in Strikeforce and was as soon as thought-about one of the vital thrilling fighters in combined martial arts.
His return bout towards Lawler is a rematch from their 2004 bout at UFC 47, which noticed Diaz win through knockout within the second spherical.
Why did Nick Diaz cease preventing?
Diaz was suspended on a number of events due to failing drug checks for marijuana use, together with a five-year ban courtesy of the Nevada State Athletic Fee in September 2015.
He appealed that suspension and received it decreased to 18 months and it was ultimately lifted in August 2016. He has since signed an settlement with NSAC to compete once more.
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Diaz has been away from the game for over six years however will return towards Robbie Lawler this Saturday (AEST) at UFC 266 in a five-round mididleweight bout.
Nick Diaz profession MMA file
Diaz has a profession file of 26-9 (2 NC), with 13 wins coming by means of knockout and one other eight through submission.
He held the Strikeforce welterweight title in 2010 and defended it efficiently on three events earlier than opting to vacate the title in 2011.
Within the UFC, Diaz has had 14 fights and received seven of them. His final win for the promotion got here in October 2011, when he defeated BJ Penn through unanimous resolution.
Diaz misplaced to Carlos Condit in a combat for the UFC interim welterweight title in February 2012 earlier than happening to Georges St-Pierre in a title combat in March 2013.
His final combat contained in the UFC octagon was a loss to Anderson Silva, although it was ultimately modified to a no-contest after Silva failed a drug take a look at.
Easy methods to watch Nick Diaz in UFC 266
Within the U.S., the UFC 266 fundamental card is on the market through pay-per-view on ESPN+, which additionally requires a subscription. The PPV worth for UFC 266 is $69.99 for present subscribers. New subscribers will pay a bundle worth of $89.98 for the UFC 266 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which gives a financial savings of greater than 30 %.
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- Date: Saturday, September 25
- Begin time: 6 p.m. ET / three p.m. PT
- Primary card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
- Primary occasion: 12:15 a.m. ET / 9:15 p.m. PT (approximate)
Diaz and Lawler are the third of 5 fights on the primary card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET. They need to enter the octagon round 10:45 p.m. ET, relying on the size of earlier fights.