Demetrious Johnson Respects Nick Diaz For Stopping Lawler Fight

Former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson says he “totally” respects Nick Diaz for the way he ended his return fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 266. After a near-seven-year hiatus following his five-round clash with Anderson Silva at UFC 183, Diaz entered the Octagon again at last month’s pay-per-view. In a rematch over 17 years […]

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Former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson says he “totally” respects Nick Diaz for the way he ended his return fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 266.

After a near-seven-year hiatus following his five-round clash with Anderson Silva at UFC 183, Diaz entered the Octagon again at last month’s pay-per-view. In a rematch over 17 years in the making, the Stockton native faced former UFC Welterweight Champion Lawler. Despite being winless since 2011, many expected Diaz to record a second career victory over “Ruthless.” He knocked Lawler out in the second round when they first met at UFC 47 in 2004.

A late request from the Diaz camp to change the bout from 170 to 185 pounds was an early sign that he perhaps wasn’t in the condition that many had hoped. Despite showing glimpses of his former entertaining self, and throwing at an immense volume considering his lengthy layoff, the time away and the strikes he’d absorbed in the opening two frames caught up with Diaz in the third round. Less than a minute into it, the 38-year-old was sent to the canvas by a hard shot. After choosing to remain on his knee, the fight was waved off and Lawler evened the score.

Part of the talk after the fight surrounded Diaz’s decision to put an end to the fight by not returning to his feet. In what was considered to be uncharacteristic of a personality like the Stockton star, many were surprised to see the veteran throw in the towel.

During an interview with Combat Sports on Fanatics View, ONE Championship’s Demetrious Johnson gave his take on the fight ending sequence. Similar to the likes of UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping, “Mighty Mouse” praised Diaz for recognizing when his time was up, and said he has total respect for his decision to act on it.

“Yeah, I think as you get older, you realize there’s just some things where you’re like, ‘Alright.’ I felt like when he took a knee, I was like, ‘Yeah, he’s had enough.’ Like, he had enough of what was going on. I don’t know if he broke his nose, but he got hit really hard in his nose. I think he was like, ‘I’m good. I don’t need to do this right now.’ And I totally respect him. A lot of people might look at him different, but hey, that’s what’s up. I’m happy that he was like, ‘You know, I’m good. I’m just gonna chill, and it is what it is.’”

When asked whether Diaz set a precedent that more competitors should follow, Johnson suggested he’d like to see more fighters save themselves from unnecessary damage.

“It could be. Yeah, why not? I mean, if a fighter said, ‘Hey, I’m getting beat, my orbital bone’s broken, my right hand’s broken, I got massive cuts—whatever it may be, the start of the fifth round, I’m absolutely exhausted. I don’t feel I’m gonna knock him out. I’m just gonna call it, and throw in the towel, and save my brain for another day.’ I have no problem with that. I feel like that’s a logical answer. A lot of people might say, ‘Oh, he’s a pussy. He’s a bitch, da-da-da-da,’ but for me, I’m a grown man. I have children. I understand it.”

Do you agree with Demetrious Johnson? Should more fighters throw in the towel to avoid further damage?

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Henry Cejudo Believes Nick Diaz Should Call For Robbie Lawler Trilogy

Former UFC double champion Henry Cejudo is advocating for Nick Diaz to get a third and final fight against his UFC 266 opponent Robbie Lawler. “Ruthless” and Nick Diaz ran it back after seventeen years. While many were dubious of Diaz’s return after six years off, the 209 native represented and put on a very […]

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Former UFC double champion Henry Cejudo is advocating for Nick Diaz to get a third and final fight against his UFC 266 opponent Robbie Lawler.

“Ruthless” and Nick Diaz ran it back after seventeen years. While many were dubious of Diaz’s return after six years off, the 209 native represented and put on a very exciting fight. As the two traded strikes, Diaz was dropped in the third round. Shortly after, Diaz decided to waive off the contest saying “no more”.

With the series now being tied at one apiece and both having finished one another, “Triple C” came to the defense of Nick Diaz. The former champion is adamant that with time, Diaz could topple Lawler in a potential trilogy bout. Cejudo spoke about the matter on The Triple C & Schmo Show.

“I think he should get another crack at Robbie Lawler. I hate throwing the word legend around, but Nick Diaz is a legend. Nick, if you’re watching this, for all the fans I say you make a trilogy,” Cejudo said. “They’re 1-1. The third match seals the deal. I truly believe in my heart with a little more time, Nick Diaz will beat him.” Henry Cejudo told the Schmo.

While Cejudo is calling for a third fight, it is unclear if Nick Diaz will return to the Octagon again. After their second outing, Lawler admitted that he thought he might have thrown a wrench in the UFC’s future plans after finishing Diaz at UFC 266.

Before fight night, Diaz raised eyebrows after saying that he didn’t even want to fight his old nemesis, Lawler. In fact, Diaz seemed to express interest in facing the welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. Certainly, with a loss, those visions of fighting for a world title are diminishing. However, at least Diaz has Cejudo in his corner campaigning for his next UFC appearance.

Would you like to see a third fight between Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz?

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Bisping Praises Nick Diaz For Ending Lawler Fight Early: “That Takes Balls”

Michael Bisping has praised Nick Diaz for choosing not to continue his fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 266. The decision came 44 seconds into the third round after Lawler, a former UFC welterweight champion, dropped Diaz with a big right hook. While on the ground, the Stockton-native narrowly avoided a stinging uppercut from Lawler […]

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Michael Bisping has praised Nick Diaz for choosing not to continue his fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 266.

The decision came 44 seconds into the third round after Lawler, a former UFC welterweight champion, dropped Diaz with a big right hook. While on the ground, the Stockton-native narrowly avoided a stinging uppercut from Lawler before referee Jason Herzog asked Diaz if he wanted to continue. After he made no effort to get back up to his feet, Herzog waved off the fight.

It was a disappointing end to Diaz’s long-awaited return to the Octagon, in which the 38-year-old showed glimpses of his famous boxing prowess. Lawler, however, relentlessly marched forward the entire fight, landing the more powerful blows to earn a victory which he since admitted is possibly “spoiling” the UFC’s grand plans for one of its biggest stars. 

It was Diaz’s first fight in over six years, and he’s now without a win in almost ten. Even so, given his star power, it seems the UFC’s door will always be open to one of its most beloved fighters.

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Michael Bisping Lauds Nick Diaz For Ending Fight And Avoiding Injury

The act of throwing in the towel is widely accepted and regularly put into practice in boxing. In MMA however, it carries a stigma that often calls into question a fighter’s will to win and commitment to the sport.

Michael Bisping, a man famous for suffering a variety of long-term injuries thanks to his time in the UFC, thinks otherwise. The former middleweight champ, now UFC color commentator praised Diaz for his ballsy decision to end the fight early, thereby avoiding further serious damage.

“Fighters know, we know deep inside of us, ‘I’ve got nothing left. I am exhausted, my arms are tight, it feels like I’m punching through water, I’m taking a lot of shots to the head.’ We don’t know how dazed he was, how rattled he was, how close to losing consciousness on numerous occasions. We don’t know any of that,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel

“Nick Diaz was man enough to say, ‘I’m done.’ And that’s hard to do. That takes balls. And I know a lot of you might think that’s crazy. ‘What? He gave up. It takes balls to give up?’ It takes balls to recognize that you’re done. It takes honesty with yourself, real tough honesty to say, ‘You know what? He’s got me. I’m done. He’s beaten me.’”

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Bisping noted that Diaz’s decision was likely influenced by the fact that it was a five-round fight, and that he may not have been prepared to endure another two rounds. Had it been three, Michael contends that Diaz may have stuck it out to the end. 

Whatever the reasoning for the decision, Bisping thinks it was a wise one given the serious long-term health consequences Diaz could have suffered had he sustained more unnecessary damage. 

“Because he could have got up,” Bisping continued. “Of course Nick Diaz could’ve got up. But he would have just taken another hiding. He would’ve taken more blows that he didn’t need to take. And that could’ve contributed to CTE down the line, or more injuries, or the need to go to the hospital. We don’t know.”

“Listen, when you’re in there, it’s real shit. This ain’t messing around. This ain’t fun and games. This is real consequences. Serious consequences. And Nick Diaz knew at that moment in time, ‘I’m done. There you go. Robbie, take it. Have it.’ And as I said, that was a tough decision to make, but I respected it.”

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Robbie Lawler Thinks He ‘Spoiled’ UFC’s Plans After Beating Nick Diaz

Robbie Lawler believes that any plans UFC had with Nick Diaz are now thrown out the window thanks to him. Lawler welcomed Diaz back inside the Octagon. The two did battle on the main card of UFC 266. This was a rematch from their 2004 encounter, which Diaz won via second-round knockout. This go-around, things […]

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Robbie Lawler believes that any plans UFC had with Nick Diaz are now thrown out the window thanks to him.

Lawler welcomed Diaz back inside the Octagon. The two did battle on the main card of UFC 266. This was a rematch from their 2004 encounter, which Diaz won via second-round knockout.

This go-around, things played out differently. Lawler scored the third-round TKO finish in the rematch.

At the post-fight press conference, Lawler expressed his belief that he ruined whatever plans the UFC had for Diaz.

“No, I did not think I was gonna fight him, and then two months ago when they offered me the fight I was like, ‘alright like, this fight gets me excited.’ But I don’t think everyone expected to see me the way I was today. I think they thought they were gonna see the guy who’s been fighting for the last one and a half, two years and that wasn’t who showed up today. I spoiled some plans.”

Diaz hadn’t been in action since Jan. 2015. While he was active in the standup, his punches didn’t seem to have much effect on Lawler, who kept marching forward. This is Lawler’s first victory since July 2017. Diaz remains winless since Oct. 2011.

It’ll be interesting to see where both men go from here. Robbie Lawler didn’t commit to his next opponent and told reporters he believes the UFC will figure something out. As for Nick Diaz, you can never be too sure with the Stockton native.

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7 Takeaways from UFC 266: Volkanovski vs Ortega

UFC 266 featured a featherweight main event title fight and a women’s flyweight title fight. Valentina Shevchenko reigns supreme at 125 pounds and Alexander Volkanovski proved his championship status is no fluke. There was a lot to take away from UFC 266, here are some things that stood out. Nick Diaz Returns Diaz has not […]

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UFC 266 featured a featherweight main event title fight and a women’s flyweight title fight. Valentina Shevchenko reigns supreme at 125 pounds and Alexander Volkanovski proved his championship status is no fluke.

There was a lot to take away from UFC 266, here are some things that stood out.

Nick Diaz Returns

Diaz has not fought since he faced Anderson Silva at UFC 183. For some reason, the UFC decided to put together this fight with Diaz and Robbie Lawler and even Diaz does not understand why, but he only knows that he needs to fight according to his conversation with Brett Okamoto. For the hardcore MMA fans that have been along for the ride since their first fight, no reason has to be given to watch. It’s Nick Diaz versus Robbie Lawler, that’s reason enough.

Roxy Fighter

Roxanne Modafferi lost her fight to Taila Santos and it’s rare to write about the person that lost the fight. However, one thing that went under the radar was that this was Modaferri’s 44th outing in MMA and her 11the bout in the UFC. She’s been fighting since 2003 and still gets put on cards. She deserves some recognition.

Dan Hooker and Nasrat Haqparast

These two men had fought through a lot of issues to get to UFC 266. According to Paul Fleder during the broadcast, they only arrived in Vegas the night before they had to make weight and made their contracted weight. They fought all three rounds and the decision went to Hooker, but this was one fight that was expected to win “Fight of the Night” honors. 

A Women’s Flyweight Problem

Jessica Andrade became the first woman to finish Cynthia Calvillo and she did so, the way many expected, with power. The women’s flyweight division seems to be dominated by Shevchenko, what happened in the strawweight division could happen in the women’s flyweight division where the same names keep running across each other. Andrade already fought and lost to Shevchenko, she’ll need a new game if they meet again.

“I had it comin’.” -Nick Diaz

Lawler and Diaz are now 1-1 against one another. In a fight that seemed like it was the main event on a card with two title fights booked as the main and co-main event, the fight looked to be a war for the first three rounds. But something about Diaz coming showed that time away, and time passed took its toll on the elder Diaz that started fighting when he was 18 years old. He fought great and lost, but this will likely not be a trilogy. Fires burn, then they burn hot for a while before they eventually burn out.

Luck Runs Out for Lauren Murphy

Murphy’s story in the UFC has been great, and she will likely stay atop UFC women’s flyweight contender but Shevchenko’s dominance as champion keeps making more of a case to have her and Amanda Nunes do something at catchweight because it seems, there is no one else out there for them.  At least right now.

Total War

Volkanovski took the very best of Ortega’s arsenal in their title fight and kept coming at him to score the win. If fans needed proof of the legitimacy of his status as champion, he likely gave it to them at UFC 266. He survived several submission attempts from Ortega, including his famed triangle choke which is where the “T-City” name comes from (Triangle City). Daniel Cormier said at the end in the in-cage interview both men should take a bow, and they should. 

There’s obviously more to take away from this event than what is listed here. The women’s flyweight division has seemingly been cleaned out and Volkanovski has absolutely improved his stock. The UFC seems to be closing out the year with some interesting fights, and with their return to New York City nearing, what else will they be bringing to fans in match announcements?

What did you take away from the event?

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Robbie Lawler Hands Nick Diaz Third Round Knockout Loss – UFC 266 Highlights

Robbie LawlerFormer UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler has avenged his April 2004 knockout loss to former WEC and Strikeforce welterweight kingpin, Nick Diaz, handing the Stockton favorite a third round knockout defeat. A real aggressive start from former champion, Lawler backs Diaz up to the fence in the opening round who punches look labored already. Despite […]

Robbie Lawler

Former UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler has avenged his April 2004 knockout loss to former WEC and Strikeforce welterweight kingpin, Nick Diaz, handing the Stockton favorite a third round knockout defeat.

A real aggressive start from former champion, Lawler backs Diaz up to the fence in the opening round who punches look labored already.

Despite that, the Stockton native managed to throw in excess of 150 strikes in the opening round against Lawler, with the pair engaging in a strict boxing match so far.

Lawler scores some more good work in the second round, appearing to hurt Diaz’s body with a well-placed kick. Lawler really yet to take a step back, while Diaz is attempting to counter off the fence continuously, still looking quite labored with his punches.

Early in the third round, Lawler appears to land well with a check right hook, sending Diaz to one knee before the Stockton native reverted to his back. When beckoned to return to his feet by referee, Jason Herzog to return to his feet, Diaz, who appears to have suffered a broken nose, refused — resulting in a TKO loss.

Below, catch Lawler’s third round knockout win over Diaz.