The fan favourite Nick Diaz made his highly anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 266 against a former foe in Robbie Lawler. The two legends ran back their UFC 47 meeting, which occurred in 2004. The rematch didn’t go in the favour of Diaz, who pulled off a remarkable KO back at UFC 47. This time “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler evened the score leaving with a TKO victory of his own.
Diaz concerned fans and colleagues with his comments afterwards, stating he was only fighting because he had to and still wasn’t sure why the Lawler rematch took place. However, Dana White recently indicated that he believes Nick Diaz should retire from MMA competition.
Dana White Comments on Nick Diaz
“I was very impressed with his comeback in September. I had conversations with Robbie Lawler [who beat Diaz] and he had nothing but respect for him and how he fought,” Dana White said to ESPN. “But regardless of how good Diaz looked, what he did after such a huge layoff, I don’t think Nick should fight. He’s a grown man, he can do whatever he wants. But I just don’t think Nick does this because he loves it. He does it because he has to do it. People always ask me what’s the key to success. It’s all about being happy and doing what you love.
“When I talk to people who sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic for a job they hate, that’s what I feel like with Nick Diaz,” White continued. “When he’s getting ready to fight, he’s in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It’s actually fascinating. But yeah, for a guy who had been off as long as he had been, nothing but respect for Nick.”
If this is the end for Nick Diaz, he will close his MMA career off with a 26-10 record, highlight-reel finishes and a fan-favourite legacy to leave behind. Stockton’s own has many notable accomplishments, with being crowned the Strikeforce champion and challenging the best fighters in the world in George St-Pierre and Anderson Silva. You always know what to expect when you watch Diaz fight, but nobody should be in this game if they have to be.
Do you think this is the end of Nick Diaz’s famous career, or does he still have some left in the tank?
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