After 6.5 years away, Nick Diaz is about to make his return to the Octagon, taking over Robbie Lawler … however Dana White admits he does not know if the star from Stockton will struggle once more after UFC 265.
TMZ Sports talked to the UFC prez on Wednesday, days earlier than Diaz is scheduled to struggle for the primary time since January 2015 (a no contest vs. Anderson Silva) … and we requested if the comeback meant Diaz was again now as a full-time fighter.
“I don’t know. I never know that either. We’ll take it one fight at a time,” Dana informed us.
FYI, it isn’t the primary time the boys have fought. Diaz beat Lawler through 2nd spherical knockout means again in 2004.
Despite the lengthy layoff, Nick’s one of the crucial completed MMA fighters of all time… with wins over everybody from B.J. Penn to Frank Shamrock.
But, with over 2,400 days between fights, will it take time for Nick to reacclimate himself to the Octagon?
“Ring rust is absolutely real and especially when you haven’t been in here that long, but you never know what to expect from the Diaz brothers. You know what everybody does though? On Saturday, they show up and they fight — that’s it!”
Valentina Shevchenko can be on the cardboard … the place she’s a MASSIVE favourite over Lauren Murphy.
Last week we requested The Bullet if she was keen on a trilogy struggle with Amanda Nunes … and she or he mentioned she was undoubtedly down.
We requested White about making Nunes-Shevchenko 3 … and he warned that nobody ought to overlook Woods.
“Obviously, you can’t look past Lauren Murphy and start looking at Amanda Nunes again. Lauren Murphy has a lot of knockdowns and submissions in her career. So, when you have women that are that size that can actually knock out other women, it’s impressive.”
But, with that mentioned, Dana made it clear he is not towards pairing arguably the two finest feminine MMA fighters on the planet towards one another.
“Listen, Valentina Shevchenko is a savage. I mean, her and Amanda Nunes are two of the greatest female fighters to ever walk the face of the Earth and if she gets through Lauren Murphy on Saturday, maybe there is a fight for them down the road.”
We could not let Dana go with out asking about Conor McGregor‘s (horrible) 1st pitch on the Cubs recreation earlier this week … the epitome of the rationale White says he ALWAYS says no when he is requested to throw the ceremonial pitch.
UFC 266 goes down Saturday evening!