Nick Diaz says he is 'way more of a dangerous fighter' than he showed in his first fight with Robbie Lawler, as the UFC star revealed he is going to be 'really unstoppable' on his return 'having made the right decisions'.
Having spent a considerable amount of time away from the sport, Diaz now feels back to his best physically as he insists he has been putting that time out to good use.
“I’m going to be really unstoppable having made the right decisions.
"I'm going to beat Robbie again."
Diaz, 38, knocked out Lawler in the first round at UFC 47 in April 2004.
But Lawler is expecting a different outcome when they meet for the second time in a week's time.
“Getting a fight, getting a win vs. him it doesn’t really matter what happened in the past – 17 years later it’s almost like it never happened,” Lawler told MMA Junkie.
“Obviously we’re very young at that time. He took the fight to me, hit me with some good shots and it wasn’t my night.
"I’ve grown a whole bunch. He’s developed his skills. It’s a different fight. Same guy, just a little different.”
Both fighters will be looking to get back to winning ways when they touch gloves at the T-Mobile Arena on September 25, with their careers potentially on the line.
And Lawler reckons Diaz will be comfortable going the distance if the fight lasts that long.
“I think he’s been training this whole time,” he added.
“He’s a guy that likes to dabble, help his brother out.
"He obviously has jiu-jitsu and a good jiu-jitsu game as well as boxing.
"I think he’s going to come in shape and bring his tools and try to beat my a--.
"I think he’s going to be in shape, ready to go 25 minutes.
"That’s his makeup. He comes to fight. He likes to push pace. He can go 25.”News Now - Sport News