Nick Diaz skips UFC 266 media day as fight week twists continue

The twists and turns in Nick Diaz ‘s comeback fight week continued Wednesday.

Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) was scheduled to attend UFC 266 media day ahead of his planned rematch with Robbie Lawler (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC) on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Diaz was originally scheduled to speak with MMA Junkie, and other media outlets at noon. ET. Diaz didn’t arrive at the UFC Apex until approximately 4 p.m. ET. The remainder of the fighters – including Lawler – all made their appearances before members of the UFC’s public relations team informed those in attendance at 6: 15 p.m. ET stated that Diaz would not answer questions.

Diaz has decided to skip media day due to a controversy that was to start fight week. Diaz signed initially for the fight with Lawler at welterweight. However, his team asked on Tuesday that it be moved to middleweight ..

Dana White reports that Nick Diaz’s team would like Saturday’s Robbie Lawler match to be moved up to middleweight.

Robbie would like to speak to me about the whole thing. “#UFC266 | Full video: https://t.co/Cvwq8mE6Zn pic.twitter.com/5T7yBpsL9b

— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) September 22, 2021

UFC president Dana White told “The Jim Rome Show” on Wednesday that Lawler has agreed, and the fight will proceed at a new weight class. When speaking to reporters during his media day slot, Lawler said he’s prepared to fight and simply remarked, “It is what it is.”

Diaz hasn’t competed in MMA since January 2015, when he fought Anderson Silva to a unanimous decision loss. The result was overturned to a no contest when Diaz tested positive for marijuana and Silva tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Robbie Lawler has agreed to fight Nick Diaz at 185 pounds.

Does he seem bothered? #UFC266 | Full video: https://t.co/hSbLwWLIyh pic.twitter.com/If3fI6Derv

— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) September 22, 2021

An eventual octagon comeback for Diaz has been discussed on and off for the past half decade. The fight week hi-jinx were a familiar topic to Diaz in his previous UFC stint. It seems that it has picked up from where it left off.

Diaz was not the first fighter to opt out of a UFC media-day obligation. His younger brother, Nate Diaz, did the same thing ahead of his UFC 241 fight with Anthony Pettis in July 2019, and others on the roster have followed suit.

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