Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, appears to stand alone on an island of wealth, power and the belief that Nick Diaz looked impressive at UFC 266.
Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler (watch highlights) aired on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card of UFC 266, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, earlier this month. Diaz called it quits partway through round three of their fight. Many were critical of Diaz’s physique — after all the fight was moved from welterweight to middleweight on less than a week’s notice — and his overall preparation.
“I thought Nick Diaz looked incredible, considering he hasn’t fought in (six) years. I don’t know what I was expecting. You never know what to get with the brothers. But let me tell you what, with a (six-year) layoff, I thought he looked unbelievable,” White told the press at Tuesday’s Contender Series event (h/t MMA News). “That first round — and I don’t know if you guys saw Robbie after the fight, but Robbie had friggin’ knots and lumps all over him. Those two went to war. The fight itself exceeded my expectations because Nick hadn’t fought in five years. I thought Robbie was just gonna go out there and buzzsaw through him. And that was not the case.
“Those are the kind of things I expect from the Diaz brothers,” he adds of their on-and-off-again relationship with fighting. “But I don’t know. I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. But he looked damn good. That kid’s got a massive heart. He’s obviously a super-talented fighter. And yeah, I was impressed.”
Diaz vs. Lawler was officially waved off at 0:44 of round three.
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