Nick Diaz will make long-awaited UFC comeback in September rematch against Robbie Lawler


Nick Diaz will make long-awaited UFC comeback in September rematch against Robbie Lawler 17 YEARS after pair first fought, reveals Dana White

  • Nick Diaz last fought in a defeat by Anderson Silva in 2015, which was overturned
  • He then faced disciplinary action of his own having failed a marijuana test
  • Diaz was git with a huge five-year ban, later downgraded to 18 months 
  • He was cleared to fight in 2018 and is finally set to return in September  

Nick Diaz is finally set to make his long-awaited return to the octagon and will fight Robbie Lawler on September 25. 

Diaz, brother of fellow UFC star Nate, is a fan favourite and one of the most compelling and popular competitors on the roster. 

He fought Lawler, former welterweight champion, 17 years ago at UFC 47 so this is a rematch almost two decades in the making. 

Nick Diaz is set to return after a six-year lay-off and will fight Robbie Lawler in a rematch

Diaz, 37, is two years younger than his American compatriot and fans will be expecting an entertaining stand-up battle between two of the sport’s elder statesmen. 

The contest will be the second non-title fight to be scheduled over five rounds, after Nate Diaz’s contest against Leon Edwards became the first of it’s type earlier this year.  

UFC president Dana White revealed the fight to Yahoo Sports, saying it will take place on September 25 in Las Vegas. 

Dana White announced the comeback for one of the UFC's most popular fighters

Dana White announced the comeback for one of the UFC’s most popular fighters 

Diaz last competed in a 2015 defeat by Anderson Silva. The result was later overturned after the Brazilian tested positive for banned substances.

Diaz then faced disciplinary action of his own having failed a marijuana test for the third time in Nevada and was initially struck with a jaw-dropping five-year ban.

The punishment was later downgraded to 18 months. He was officially cleared to fight again in 2018 but the welterweight has remained on the sidelines.

He will fight Lawler at UFC 266 at the T-Mobile Arena where featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is expected to headline against Brian Ortega. 

Diaz’s record stands at 26-9 with two no contests and he has fought legends of the sport such as Silva, BJ Penn and Frank Shamrock, seeing the UFC transform into the global behemoth it is today.