The UFC returns to pay-per-view for UFC 266, and two championships will be on the line, but the people’s main event is Diaz vs Lawler 2. The long-awaited return of Nick Diaz is upon us, and a rematch with Robbie Lawler has been seventeen years in the making. Read on for our complete breakdown on Nick Diaz and his opponent Robbie Lawler; Continue reading for the updated UFC odds, main event preview, and free UFC 266 betting picks.
Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
UFC Welterweight Bout
Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at T-Mobile Arena
- Pro MMA Record: (26-9-0) (13 KOs, 8 Submissions)
- Age: 38
- Height: 6'0"
- Reach: 76.0"
- Training Out Of – Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, California
- Fighting Style: MMA
A moment in MMA that could rewrite the history books should Nick Diaz return following a five-year suspension and repeat the same success he achieved in 2004. There’s no denying the legendary status of Nick Diaz.
The older brother of Nate Diaz has been competing around the globe since 2001 for some of the most recognizable MMA promotions across the previous two decades. As a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, a WEC welterweight champion, and a front runner for DREAM, Shooto, and most recently the UFC – this walking legend has nothing left to prove. Still, this weekend we’ll witness him step into the cage aged 38-years-old.
From UFC 47 when Nick Diaz finished a young Robbie Lawler via strikes in the second round, to UFC 266 where both men will meet for a rematch that’s been seventeen years in the making!
Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler
- Pro MMA Record: (28-15-0) (20 KOs, 1 Submission)
- Age: 39
- Height: 5'11"
- Reach: 74.0"
- Training Out Of – Sanford MMA, Florida
- Fighting Style: Striker
“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler – former UFC welterweight champion, fighter of the year 2014, and one of the most recognizable knockout artists in the 175lb division. In twenty-one years of competing as a professional martial artist, only two opponents have successfully finished Lawler with their fists, and this weekend he’ll have his opportunity at redemption against one of those TKO losses when Nick Diaz returns.
Recent years haven’t been kind to Lawler’s professional record, with his previous win dating back to 2017 versus Donald Cerrone. With that said, Nick Diaz hasn’t been an active fighter since 2013; perhaps the in-octagon activity of Lawler will be enough for “Ruthless” to get back into the win column.
UFC Pick: Robbie Lawler at -110 with BetOnline
Diaz vs. Lawler 2 Betting Odds and UFC 266 Best Bets
The BMR'S odds are pretty much equal at both ends, and with the variables surrounding this matchup, I’m not surprised. Nick Diaz hasn’t been an active fighter since 2013, and his return in 2015 versus Anderson Silva was the last time we saw him compete. Since that date, Robbie Lawler has fought Rory MacDonald, Carlos Condit, Tyron Woodley, Cowboy Cerrone, Rafael Dos Anjos, Ben Askren, Colby Covington, and Neil Magny.
Now, the argument can be made that Lawler’s longevity has taken a dramatic decline, but Nick Diaz hasn’t fought whatsoever. Predicting this fight will come down to perception and how you want to view the previous six years of each respective fighter – inactivity versus damage taken. Personally, I believe that both men have completely changed since their first meeting in 2004 – so making comparisons to their first encounter is pointless.
Lawler has crumbled under pressure since the Dos Anjos fight in 2017, he isn’t the same fighter that once held UFC gold by any means, but his heart remains. Nobody is putting him out, and he’s faced a lot of former champions and title challengers.
I’m going to predict that Lawler won’t allow Diaz to walk him down, and he’ll meet the BJJ black belt with enough power to make him think twice. I cannot put my money behind a fighter who’s walking in with eight years of inactivity. With that said, the available odds are close for a good reason – it’s a toss-up.
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UFC 266 MAIN CARD LINEUP
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega [UFC featherweight championship main event bout]
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy [UFC women’s flyweight title co-main event bout]
- Robbie Lawler vs. Nick Diaz [UFC middleweight bout]
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik [UFC heavyweight bout]
- Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo [UFC women’s flyweight bout]