HE IS set to make his first appearance in the Octagon for six years but Nick Diaz claims there is ‘nothing’ he likes about the UFC. Diaz steps b
HE IS set to make his first appearance in the Octagon for six years but Nick Diaz claims there is ‘nothing’ he likes about the UFC.
Diaz steps back into the fray against Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 on Saturday night.
Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler face each other for a second time in Las Vegas[/caption]
The pair thrillingly faced each other 17 years ago when Diaz scored a second-round knock-out.
But since he last stepped into the cage against Anderson Silva in 2015, Diaz claims to be feeling trapped in the UFC money machine.
He told ESPN: “I never enjoyed fighting, it’s just something I do.
“All the people around me and all the money and sponsors, they won’t let me get away from fighting.
“There’s things I could do, but it’s not going to work out. I might as well just go and take my punches.
“I don’t want to look back and say, ‘Why did I not just do it?’ I feel great to fight, I don’t feel great about everything.
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“But if I don’t do this, I don’t know how I’m going to feel about myself two years down the road if I’m sitting here going, ‘Why didn’t I just go and do these fights I would have won?’”
When asked if there was anything he liked about the UFC, Diaz added: “Nothing, nothing at all. This is not enjoyable. This whole thing is for everybody else.”
Diaz and Lawler face each other in a middleweight clash at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
The pair weighed in on Friday, with 38-year-old Diaz tipping the scales at 185.5 pounds and his opponent coming in 1.5 lbs lighter.
Diaz at least hinted he would be looking to put on a show for the fans that will pack into the 20,000 seat venue.
He said: “I’m glad that the fans are happy, and that they love it and that’s just what gets them going. It got me going when I was a kid.”