Diaz Reportedly Turned Down Lawler Rematch
Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler fought back in the early days of the UFC, before both had grown into their roles as two of the biggest fan-favorites in the welterweight division. Twelve years later, the UFC is looking to rematch the two popular brawlers, but Diaz rejected their offer.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan mentioned the news on his podcast while discussing UFC 207 over the weekend. FOX Sports’ Damon Martin confirmed that the fight was indeed offered and never came about.
“Apparently they offered Nick Diaz Robbie Lawler and Nick passed on it,” Rogan said. “That’s the word. That’s the word behind the scenes. Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I wanted to see that fight. I would love to see that rematch.”
“But I think Nick wants a (expletive) title fight. I think Nick is like, look I want a big, big name or a title fight.”
Diaz last fought at UFC 183 in January of 2015, where he lost to Anderson Silva by unanimous decision. Diaz failed a drug test for marijuana and ended up serving an 18-month suspension.
His return was delayed longer when Diaz failed to pay the fine associated with his suspension — which kept him from cornering his younger brother Nate in his August rematch with Conor McGregor.
Diaz has said that he will only return for a big fight, which echoes Rogan’s statements on his podcast.
The first Lawler vs. Diaz fight took place back in 2004, a fight that Diaz won by knockout in the second round.
Since Diaz’s return, he has been called out by the likes of welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Though Diaz remains one of the few pay-per-view draws in the sport, he has not won a fight since beating BJ Penn in 2011.
Rogan even mentioned a conversation he had with Dana White, and the UFC President told him that giving Diaz a title shot was inconceivable even with the Stocktonite’s star power.
“Dana (White) and I were having a conversation and he’s like ‘you can’t have Nick Diaz. Nick Diaz hasn’t won a fight since 2011. You can’t have him step in and just go right up to the title and fight.”