Robbie Lawler Predicts ‘electric’ Vibe When He And Nick Diaz Rematch 17 Years Later

Robbie Lawler predicts ‘electric’ vibe when he and Nick Diaz rematch 17 years later.

The first time that Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz faced off the year was 2004. President George W. Bush was on office, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, Martha Stewart went to prison and Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 1 was the main event. It was 17 years ago and a lot has changed.

Now, they face off again in a rematch none of us asked for (at least not in this decade) and that includes Lawler.

“I didn’t really think of it at all really,” Lawler told FanSided. “It just came when I came I wasn’t out there looking for it.”

Lawler isn’t really sure why it happened either but has his suspicions that the UFC were the ones to ask for the rematch, not Diaz.

“I think the UFC probably wanted it and I have no idea actually because I don’t really play those games,” he said. “It’s like alright, usually they come to me, ‘let’s fight’ so could have been a conversation between my manager, and then who knows but obviously it’s a big fight and definitely one that gets me training hard.”

It’s been more than five years since Diaz has fought, a fact that Lawler was briefly concerned about. He wondered if there was a chance the fight might not happen, but as the fight approached he felt more confident in it coming to fruition.

“It was one of those things where they offered me the fight, my manager told me about and I’m like, ‘Okay, I guess we’ll see if it happens’ and just, week after week they’re like okay it looks like it’s gonna happen so you never know with Nick and obviously there’s been talk of him fighting in the past so just obviously a big opportunity to fight a big name,” he said. “A lot of fans are excited.”

He says the worry has been put behind him.

“That was gone a long time ago,” he said. “I just figured, like when it first is offered to me like you never know. But after a week or two, I’m like okay this definitely seems like it’s gonna be”

Robbie Lawler thinks Nick Diaz fight will be different 17 years later

In their first fight, Lawler was the man on the losing end, but he knows a lot can happen in 17 years.

“Obviously, he beat me last time,” he said. “He’s long so I didn’t do any scouting on him, he had a good game plan and took the fight to me pretty well. I had a good training camp, good training partners. Obviously, this is 17 years later for both of us. So a lot of room to improve and get better. So obviously we’re not the same fighters and it’s just who’s going to be the best on September 25.”

Studying for a fighter who was already unpredictable coming off a lengthy absence can’t be easy and because of that Lawler has had to tailor his fight camp to himself, not Diaz.

“It’s more or less I kinda know what he does,” he said. “I’ve seen him fight a lot. But really it comes down to me getting myself in shape, making sure all my skills are tight, everything’s clicking on all cylinders. So it was definitely a lot focusing on myself, not so much Nick. I let my training partners and coaches put me in positions that they think Nick’s gonna be good at and that’s just kind of how my training camps go.”

Robbie Lawler doesn’t need extra motivation to beat Nick Diaz

The fans and the media are paying a lot of extra attention to Lawler vs. Diaz, but that extra push is not something Lawler is even putting on his radar.

“A fights a fight,” he said. “A guy’s going out there to take my head off beat me up I don’t think extra motivation is something you need that week or that day, but obviously, he’s a big name so definitely has got me training hard for this camp and making sure I’m putting in the effort.”

The UFC is slowly returning to fights with fans and UFC 266 will be an event expected to sell out for the return of Diaz.

“I definitely think the fans being there is gonna be exciting for the UFC, and the fans. The energy in the arena is going to be electric. I’m sure so definitely going to be feeding off of that and that’ll be a good night,” he said.

As for his prediction, Lawler didn’t get too specific, but did guarantee something we all know will happen.

“I expect it to be a good fight,” he said. “Nick comes out there to fight so I have to make sure I’m ready to go click it on all cylinders. The fans are gonna be in store for a good show.”

>Next: UFC 266: What happened the first time Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz fought?

Lawler spoke to FanSided on behalf of Kill Cliff energy drinks.

“It’s an awesome organization awesome company, but their drinks are amazing, clean energy, all-natural no sugar electrolytes, vitamin B 12, green tea so you don’t get that crash after your initial burst of energy. It’s more of a refined taste, it tastes amazing,” he said. “But the people that work for the company are awesome, we did an event, a couple of months ago, went out to Wyoming spent a whole bunch of time with them it’s just a good organization doing really good things, Kill Cliff is teaming with the Navy SEAL foundation so it’s definitely awesome to be a part of something that big.”

Source : https://fansided.com/2021/09/20/robbie-lawler-predict-electric-vibe-nick-diaz-rematch-ufc-266/

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