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UFC 266 gets Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler II, two title fights

After seven years, Nick Diaz will finally return to the Octagon at UFC 266 as he will face old foe Robbie Lawler on Saturday, September 4th.

Similar to his brother Nate's recent five round, non-title pay-per-view main card outing against Leon Edwards, this will also be a five round affair.

The two fought at April 2004's UFC 47 with Diaz (seen above) picking up the win via second round knockout. Diaz last fought in January 2015 against Anderson Silva in a fight that was later made a no contest due to Silva testing positive for PEDs and Diaz testing positive for marijuana.

The event will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, which officially dropped testing for marijuana last week.

Lawler hasn't competed since August 2020 when he took his fourth straight loss in a defeat to Neil Magny. The former UFC welterweight champion hasn't won since December 2017.

The show will be main evented by featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega. The two were set to fight in March, but Volkanovski withdrew due to getting COVID-19. The two then became coaches on this season of The Ultimate Fighter. Volkanovski will be looking for his second title defense while this will be Ortega's second career crack at the belt.

The co-main event will feature women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko defending against Lauren Murphy. Shevchenko will be looking for the sixth defense of her title while Murphy has won five straight fights to earn the opportunity.