Take a look back at Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 47 ahead of their rematch at UFC 266.
Diaz (26-9-0-2) and Lawler (28-15-0-1) will run things back at UFC 266, taking place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sat., Sept. 25 via ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). The rematch — taking place underneath taking place underneath a UFC Featherweight clash pitting Alex Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega — occurs more than 17 years after their first meeting.
A synopsis for the YouTube video reads:
Watch the first time Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler fought all the way back at UFC 47 in 2004. Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz faced off for the first time to headline the card at Mandalay Bay.
Diaz won their first fight via knockout (KO) at 1:31 of round two, improving to 9-2 as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Lawler dropped to 8-2 as a result of the outcome; however, both men were destined for greater things. Diaz amassed an enormous following thanks to his anti-establishment attitude. A win over B.J. Penn was followed by fights against Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Interim Welterweight and UFC Welterweight titles, respectively. He subsequently fought Anderson Silva.
Lawler would go to fight in Strikeforce before returning to UFC and capturing the UFC Welterweight title with a split decision win over Johnny Hendricks. He successfully defended the crown against Rory McDonald and Condit.