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Midnight Mania: Free Fight! Nick Diaz knocks out Robbie Lawler, shocks the world at UFC 47 (video)

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UFC 47 was a fairly important and popular show, the event in which Chuck Liddell finally tracked down Tito Ortiz and pulverized him. It was a major moment for UFC, one which helped push Liddell to the Light Heavyweight title and greater stardom.

Before the collision of Light Heavyweight greats, however, Nick Diaz really began the start of his legend. The elder brother of the 209 collective was not a rookie, as he’d already captured the WEC Welterweight strap and settled his trilogy with Jeremy Jackson in style. However, he was still the underdog to Robbie Lawler, the more powerful man and feared knockout artist out of the Miletich Fighting Systems mega-camp.

Most expected Diaz to rely on his jiu-jitsu background and attempt to take Lawler to the mat.

Instead, Diaz picked up one of the best wins of his career with absolute style points. Against the fearsome puncher, Diaz did more than stand his ground: he walked straight to Lawler, dropped his hands, and mouthed off enough that the referee yelled at him two minutes into the first round.

Diaz ate some shots in the process, but he placed a hook perfectly in the second rough to shut the future champion’s lights off. Both men went on to make their mark and earn championship status at 170 lbs., but Diaz proved himself the better man on the only occasion they met in the Octagon.


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