It looks like Nick Diaz’s return to the UFC is getting closer to reality.
With Diaz recently pledging to return to the Octagon after more than six years of absence, UFC President Dana White has revealed that a much-anticipated rematch with Robbie Lawler is in the plans.
White told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter on Wednesday that the clash between former Strikeforce Champion Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and former UFC title holder Lawler (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC) is “in the works” for September.
MMA Junkie also learned from someone with knowledge of the situation that one party verbally agreed to the rematch as a UFC 266 welterweight co-star on September 25 in Las Vegas. The other part is not yet finalized, however, and contracts have not been issued.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly about the booking process.
The pair last shared the octagon in 2004 at UFC 47. Diaz won the fight with a memorable knockout, fending off Lawler in the second round.
Diaz hasn’t fought since January 2015, when he faced Anderson Silva at UFC 183. The fight was declared without a competition after Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone and Diaz was tested for marijuana. Prior to that, Diaz had lost to then-champion Georges St-Pierre in a unanimous decision. From 2008 to 2011, Diaz enjoyed an 11-game winning streak where he won and defended the Strikeforce welterweight title.
Lawler, meanwhile, recently competed in August when he suffered a decision loss to Neil Magny. He’s currently on a four-fight losing skid with his last win in 2017. Lawler won the UFC welterweight title in 2014. He defended it twice before losing it to Tyron Woodley in 2016 .