Nick Diaz

USA

Stopped in first fight since 2015
MiddleweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Diaz lost to Robbie Lawler via TKO (punches) at 0:44 of Round 3 at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
What a strange set of circumstances. Fighting for the first time since January 31, 2015, Diaz was battered in the opening seconds of the fight before slowly finding his range. He engaged in a back-and-forth kickboxing match with Lawler, often winning the exchanges on the strength of sheer volume. Diaz understandably tired as the fight progressed, and Lawler pounded him with a combination early in Round 3. Diaz went to the mat and didn't said he could no longer continue when referee Jason Herzog asked him to stand up. Diaz appeared to grab his knee in a token effort to explain the stoppage, but there was no mention of injury, and it appeared as if he just didn't want to continue. The post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier was ... awkward. As was the case in an interview with ESPN's Brett Okamoto earlier in the week, Diaz gave off the impression that he didn't really want to be there. He came off as a guy who had to fight as opposed to a guy who wanted to fight. This whole thing is very weird. Certainly Diaz was well compensated for coming back, and obviously we don't know his financial situation, but his heart didn't appear to be in it from the second this fight was announced. Nick turned 38 years of age in early August and hasn't won a fight in nearly a decade. Obviously he's not making a run as a serious contender, so any additional fights would simply be a novelty act.
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Bumps up weight class
MiddleweightUFC
September 21, 2021
Diaz's fight with Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 is now a middleweight fight, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
Initially touted as a welterweight bout, Diaz and Lawler will bump up to the 185-pound division for their fight, which is the former's first in six years.
Set to return to Octagon
MiddleweightUFC
July 13, 2021
Diaz is scheduled to face Robbie Lawler in a welterweight fight Sept. 25 at UFC 266 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz announced in February of 2018 that he wouldn't fight again unless given "an offer (he) couldn't refuse." Rumblings began last fall that Diaz was considering a return to the UFC, however, and he's now picked up an offer that will end his six-year fighting layoff. In Lawler, he'll be opposing someone who is coming off four consecutive losses. The two squared off over 17 years ago in a fight that ended with Diaz knocking Lawler out in the second round.
Considering 2021 return
MiddleweightUFC
September 7, 2020
Diaz intends to fight again and is looking at an early-2021 return, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's been more than five years since fight fans last saw the elder Diaz brother grace the Octagon in a loss to Anderson Silva, but it seems the current crop of welterweights has piqued his interest. According to his manager (via the Helwani report), Diaz recently completed a 14-week training regimen that included diet changes in an effort to perform a "test" weight cut. Diaz apparently now weighs in the 165-70-pound range after positive results and "100 percent" plans on a return to MMA. The name alone will bring any fight the 37-year-old elects to compete in plenty of viewers and will be a win for the UFC regardless of outcome.
Ends fighting career
MiddleweightUFC
February 18, 2019
Diaz will not fight again unless he receives "an offer [he] couldn't refuse," Greg Rosenstein of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz hasn't fought since January of 2015 and has recently dealt with some issues outside of the octagon. Instead of taking a fight against a lower-tier fighter or fighting for very little money, the 35-year-old will call it a career. Barring a surprise return, Diaz will finish his fighting career with a 26-10 record, though he went just 1-2 with a no contest ruling in the UFC promotion.
All charges dropped
MiddleweightUFC
August 30, 2018
Diaz has been cleared of of multiple felony charges by a Las Vegas judge, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz had been facing two counts of domestic battery by strangulation and one for domestic battery with substantial bodily harm, which were the result of an incident in Las Vegas in May. With these alleged events now in the past, Diaz can now pursue opportunities in the UFC without this cloud hanging over him. His fighting career has been non-existent of late, as he last competed for the promotion in January of 2015.