Nick Diaz is going to face the former welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, in a rematch at UFC 266. Diaz has knocked out Lawler before and wishes to do the same, but there are some things he isn’t so sure about.
Diaz recently sat down with Brett Okamoto from ESPN, where he talked about several things from his absence to his will to fight. There was one moment that stood out. Diaz feels like he can take on the current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, and he is confident about it.
“I think I’ll beat Usman,” Diaz explained. “I have a better shot at beating Usman than I do Lawler, just because I … I already beat Lawler! This doesn’t make sense, for me to go in there and fight Robbie Lawler. I don’t know why I’m doing this. This should not happen. Whoever set this up is an idiot. I don’t know why I’m doing this, why this happened — I should be fighting Kamaru Usman, and that’s it!”
“If I don’t do this, I don’t know how I’m going to feel about myself,” Nick Diaz believes he needs to fight no matter what
Diaz is known for being 100% real both in and out of the octagon, he doesn’t like to pretend to be someone he is now. He is upfront about his feelings, and when he asked about how excited he is to step inside the octagon again, he said, “I’m going in there to win. Do I feel confident? I never do. I never have.”
He continued, “I always feel like I’m going to get trashed out there. Every fight I’ve ever done. ‘How do you feel against Robbie Lawler?’ I feel like I’m going to get the sh*t beat out of me. And even when I win, I get beat up worse.”