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Nick Diaz is back!
After six years out of the game, the mixed martial arts icon is officially making his long-awaited comeback having signed a one-fight deal with the UFC to take on Robbie Lawler later this year.
According to Yahoo Sports, the rematch between the two greats will be a five-round co-headliner on the already-stacked UFC 266 card on September 25.
I mean, it really doesn't get much better than that.
DONE DEAL: Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler, five rounder, Sept. 25, UFC 266 per @danawhite
- Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 13, 2021
The pair last fought a whopping 17 years ago when Diaz famously knocked Lawler out in one of the most brutal finishes in UFC history.
After Diaz caught him flush with a quick jab in the second round, Lawler literally fell forward onto the canvas head first like something out of an old-school cartoon.
A very-wobbly Lawler eventually returned to his feet, but by then the referee had already waved off the bout to give Diaz a historic victory.
That was in 2004 - yes, 2004.
Now, almost two decades later and the duo are set to lock horns once again in what promises to be a biblical second coming for 37-year-old Diaz.
Diaz has emerged as a true pioneer of the sport, remembered fondly by fans for always taking on the biggest names in the business including Carlos Condit, Georges St-Pierre, Paul Daley, BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, Diego Sanchez and - of course - Anderson Silva.
It was after his legendary fight with Silva that Diaz was slapped with a five-year suspension for a positive marijuana sample in his post-fight drug tests.
Much to the disappointment of MMA die-hards, he ended up serving that entire ban and missed arguably his peak years as an athlete.
Now, 18 years after he first burst onto the scene in his UFC debut against Jeremy Jackson, Diaz is set to make his return to the sport - and us fans can't bloody wait.
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