Twitter applauds Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz after wild fight at UFC 266
The match between Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz was 17 years in the making and it absolutely lived up to everyone’s expectations. After a brief hiccup during fight week in regards to the weight division, the fight was on and both men showed up.
Unfortunately, the first few minutes of the fight weren’t all that pretty and Diaz looked pretty sloppy.
I wish I knew what nick was thinking before that kick lol
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) September 26, 2021
The first minute was pretty easy to determine which fighter had not fought in five years
— Adam Stocker (@ASTOCK3) September 26, 2021
Thankfully, he was able to turn things around and we got the slugfest we had all expected.
Nick is starting to get really comfortable and Robbie started so fast. Someone is going down soon #UFC266
— Dustin Jacoby (@thehanyakdj) September 26, 2021
Is doughy, six-years out Nick Diaz going to out-box Robbie Lawler and win this fight? #UFC266
— E. Spencer Kyte (@spencerkyte) September 26, 2021
Dude. There is no way this pace can continue. That was crazy. Two guys in their late 30s. One of them in his first fight in six years. Just standing toe to toe and trading for five minutes straight. Unreal pace for the first of five rounds.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 26, 2021
How can @nickdiaz209 not be a crowd fav. Off for years and comes back fighting like this. Much respect to both this is as good as it gets #ufc266
— John Wayne Makdessi (@JohnMakdessi) September 26, 2021
But by the third round, Diaz had all he could handle and after dropping to the canvas after a slick right hook from Lawler, he refused to get up and the fight was called.
But everyone had crazy respect for both fighters.
This is an old-fashioned SCRAP between two of the greatest legends in the sport. #UFC266
— Curtis Calhoun (@CalhounOnMMA) September 26, 2021
Well, that was weird, but fuck it, toughness don’t pay the bills, just gets you beat up more. #UFC266
— Trent Reinsmith (@TrentReinsmith) September 26, 2021
Diaz was returning to the Octagon after a nearly seven-year layoff and many fans had wondered how ring rust might play a part in his performance. Lawler, on the other hand, was riding a four-fight losing streak and had hoped to get back in the win column for the first time since 2017.
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