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Nick Diaz has bizarrely questioned why he is returning to the UFC, with his first fight since facing Anderson Silva in 2015 coming against Robbie Lawler on Saturday.
Diaz, who once started one of the biggest brawls seen in UFC alongside younger brother Nate, has been out of the octagon for a long time but his comeback has been long awaited by many fans.
On Saturday he will get into the octagon against Lawler, a man he first fought at UFC 47 way back in April 2004, with Diaz winning the fight.
That is one reason why the 38-year-old has questioned his return, although overall it didn't sound too much like he wanted to be fighting.
"I’m going in there to win," the elder Diaz told ESPN, "Do I feel confident? I never do. I never have.
"I always feel like I’m going to get trashed out there. Every fight I’ve ever done.
"‘How do you feel against Robbie Lawler?’ I feel like I’m going to get the sh*t beat out of me. And even when I win, I get beat up worse."
Diaz then revealed that he'd much rather be facing UFC welterweight champions Kamaru Usman. "I think I’ll beat the sh*t out of Usman," the former welterweight title contender added.
"I’ll have a better shot against Usman than I do Lawler, just because I already beat Lawler.
"This doesn’t make sense for me to go in and fight Robbie Lawler again. 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. I don’t know why this happened. I should be fighting Kamaru Usman – and that’s it."
As I’ve been openly wondering, is Nick fighting because he wants to or because he has to? If we were all being honest, we all know. He hasn’t liked fighting for years. He deserves better than all of this, and I hope he can find peace and be safe. It all feels weird. https://t.co/SbGmOElr5p— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 23, 2021
I understand & very much respect that mentality. But what if he doesn’t love it? What if he hasn’t for years? This sport is too dangerous, as you know, to not be all in. I have great respect and admiration for Nick. He is one of the best ever. Just hope he still wants to do this.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 23, 2021
Strangely Diaz said he's just ready to 'take his punches,' as he continued to confuse anyone listening why exactly he's returned.
"All the people around me and all the money and the sponsors, they won’t let me get away from fighting," the Stockton native added.
"There’s things I could do, but that’s not gonna 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 don’t feel great. I feel great to fight. I don’t feel great about everything [else].
"If I don’t do this, I don’t know how I’m going to feel about myself."
He's really selling this return...
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