Nick Diaz recently stated in an interview with Brett Okamoto that he didn’t want to fight lawyer but instead had his sights on the champ “I think I’ll beat Usman, I have a better shot at beating Usman than I do Lawler, just because I … I already beat Lawler! This doesn’t make sense, for me to go in there and fight Robbie Lawler. I don’t know why I’m doing this. This should not happen. Whoever set this up is an idiot. I don’t know why I’m doing this, why this happened — I should be fighting Kamaru Usman, and that’s it!”
Well the champ has responded and it seems he is on the same wave length as Diaz, tweeting https://twitter.com/USMAN84kg/status/1441049421727158273
Dana White on the other hand doesn’t seem quite so sold on the idea saying “only an idiot would book that fight”
With this being Diaz’s first fight since his bout with Anderson Silva back in 2015, it is impossible to say how a bout between the two would go without first seeing how much the “ring rust” will effect him. Diaz faces an extremely tough return in former champion, Robbie Lawler. Lawler is currently on a 4 fight skid including losses to Colby Covington, Rafael dos Anjos and his controversial loss to Ben Askren; so it is likely Diaz is going to face an extremely motivated Lawler, not to mention this is a Loss that Robbie has been wanting to avenge since their first bout back in 2004.
So assuming Diaz can get an impressive win this weekend, how would a potential matchup between the two go? would Nick be able to pressure Usman and walk him down like he has so many of his opponents or would the threat of Usman’s takedown be enough to keep Diaz at bay? Does Usman get another finish with his vastly improved striking? Could Nick’s high level jiu-jitsu keep the fight from going to the ground? It is undeniably an exciting thought but the truth is there is a lot that needs to happen for us to ever see this match-up, but here is hoping