Ahead of his long-awaited Octagon comeback this Saturday at UFC 266 — former UFC welterweight title challenger, Nick Diaz has revealed that keeping up a “gangster” like persona is not a “good look“, despite the fact that persona in tandem with his fighting ability has catapulted him so far in his professional career.
Stockton favorite, Diaz is slated to take a slot on the main card of UFC 266 in a five round non-title bout against former undisputed welterweight kingpin, Robbie Lawler — in a rematch 17-years after their first outing in the Octagon.
Making his first walk since a January 2015 official ‘No Contest’ against former middleweight champion, the iconic, Anderson Silva at UFC 183, Diaz looks to return to the winner’s enclosure for the first time since October 2011 where he scored a unanimous decision success against former two-weight gold holder, B.J. Penn.
Meeting with Lawler at UFC 43 in 2004, Diaz, who made his Octagon bow at the event, managed to stop Lawler with a massive second round straight shot, dropping the San Diego knockout ace.
Along with his younger sibling, Nate Diaz, the elder Nick is one of the most recognizable characters in the sport due to his fighting ability and style as well as his outlandish and often outspoken demeanor. However, he has claimed that a “gangster“-esque persona is not the most appealing look.
“It’s hard to go back and keep it gangster or whatever,” Diaz said on an episode of UFC 266 Countdown. “It’s not a good look. I don’t really want to push that ’cause I want to teach. … I like to teach the kids and they’re all grown up now. And putting in work with those kids. It’s really good for me ’cause they go hard. I’m actually a way more dangerous fighter than I was when I fought Robbie Lawler the first time.“
Diaz managed to utilize some of that brash trash-talk during his 2004 knockout success against Lawler, however, this time around, the Stockton veteran is not likely to carry out that same approach this time around.
“I’m not going out there to call him names,” Diaz said. “I’m gonna be a lot more sportsmanlike out there. That’s not what won me the fight last time. That surprised him a little bit, but I would’ve won the fight, anyways. I’m gonna be really unstoppable, having made the right decision. So I’m gonna beat Robbie again.“
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