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Nick Diaz v Robbie Lawler date: UK start time, live stream, full fight card and TV channel for the middleweight clash at UFC 266 – NewsASAP
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Nick Diaz v Robbie Lawler date: UK start time, live stream, full fight card and TV channel for the middleweight clash at UFC 266

Nick Diaz returns to the UFC octagon this weekend for the first time in six years when he faces off against Robbie Lawler.

The Stockton native took a lengthy hiatus from fighting after initially losing a bout to Anderson Silva in 2015 before it was later ruled a no-contest.

Nick Diaz makes his fighting comeback at UFC 266 after a six-year hiatus
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The 38-year-old has now picked former foe Lawler for his comeback fight in a five-round non-title scrap at UFC 266.

The bout will serve as a rematch for the pair’s original meeting back in 2004 at UFC 47 which saw Diaz emerge victorious with a second-round KO.

Diaz vs Lawler: Date and start time

This fight is on the undercard to UFC 266 and will take place on Saturday, September 25.

It is being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

For UK fans, Diaz v Lawler 2 will takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning as the main card is set to start at 3am.

The bout will serve as a co-main event ahead of a featherweight title fight between champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega.

Diaz vs Lawler: TV and live stream

The action will be shown on BT Sport 1 and their coverage of the prelims will start from 1am.

It will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app for subscribers.

EE mobile customers will be able to get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.

The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass and in the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN+.

Nick Diaz is returning at middleweight instead of welterweight
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Diaz vs Lawler: Fight card

Subject to change

Main card

  • MAIN EVENT: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Brian Ortega – for Featherweight Championship 
  • Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Lauren Murphy – for Women’s Flyweight Championship
  • Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler, Middleweight
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Heavyweight
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo, Women’s Flyweight

Preliminary card

  • Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili, Bantamweight
  • Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast, Lightweight
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus, Heavyweight
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs Taila Santos, Women’s Flyweight

Early preliminary card

  • Jalin Turner vs. Uros Medic, Lightweight
  • Cody Brundage vs. Nick Maximov, Middleweight
  • Matthew Semelsberger vs. Martin Sano Jr, Welterweight
  • Omar Morales vs. Jonathan Pearce, Featherweight
Diaz has been missed by fans for legendary moments in the octagon including this with Anderson Silva all the way back in 2015
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Diaz vs Lawler: What has been said?

Diaz: “I’m actually way more of a dangerous fighter than I was when I fought Robbie Lawler the first time.

“I’m going to be really unstoppable having made the right decisions.

“I’m not going out there to call him names or, y’know, I’m going to be a lot more sportsmanlike, I think, out there.

“But that’s not what won me the fight last time. That surprised him a little bit, but I would have won the fight anyways.”

Dana White told the Jim Rome Show: “It’s good. Robbie Lawler flew in last night. He obviously wasn’t happy about it, but Robbie is a gamer.

“Robbie is a fighter. He’s going to do it. Those guys are going to fight on Saturday night at 185-pounds.

“It makes it a better fight, to be honest with you.

“17 years ago, this fight happened. These guys are a lot older and counting down to that 170-pounds takes a lot out of you. These guys are going to come in fresh. Neither one of them are going to have to cut.”

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