Dana White delivers honest verdict on Nick Diaz's UFC 266 performance

Shamanth Jayaram September 29, 2021
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Dana White claimed in a recent press conference that he thought Nick Diaz looked ‘unbelievable’ despite his loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 266.

Diaz returned to the ring after over six years, much to the joy of almost every MMA fan. We were all excited to see him back in the octagon, but unfortunately for him, Lawler got his revenge.

However, Diaz, considering how nervous he was throughout the week, entertained everyone. Even Dana White, who has had issues with him in the past, was blown away by his display on the night.

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Dana White: Nick Diaz looked incredible at UFC 266

The UFC president said in a recent press conference, as per MMA News: “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.

“That first round, 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.”

What next for Nick Diaz?

It was clear for everyone to see that Diaz was unprepared and out of shape at UFC 266. His comments leading up to the fight hinted that he wasn’t really convinced that he would do to Lawler what he did in their first fight.

Diaz lost but fans are desperate to see him back in action. White was quizzed about his future and the UFC boss claimed he has no idea. However, we are sure he’ll be back sooner or later.

The most sensible fight at the moment feels like a trilogy with Lawler. Both fighters have a win over the other and one final face-off to end everything makes the most sense now. However, we have no idea if this will happen.

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Shamanth works as a senior editor at GRV Media. Based in Bangalore, India, he's a massive Arsenal fan who also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.