LAS VEGAS – Robbie Lawler has no concept why Nick Diaz pushed for a weight class change for his or her UFC 266 rematch, however he’s prepared for it.
Some stunning information got here out on Tuesday, when it was revealed Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) had made a last-minute request to shift the anticipated rematch with Lawler (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC) from the welterweight division to middleweight. UFC president Dana White mentioned the request got here from Team Diaz, however he first wanted to talk with Lawler to ensure he agreed.
White and Lawler had that dialog, and it seems to have been green-lit. It’s a wierd state of affairs, however Lawler mentioned it gained’t rattle him.
“We had a short conversation,” Lawler instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters at UFC 266 media day. “It is what it is. I’m ready to fight. … I’m ready to go. That’s all that matters. Camp went well, and controlling the things I can control.”
The huge adjustment for Lawler with this modification is that he wants to drag again on his weight minimize. He hasn’t competed at middleweight since July 2012, however Lawler thinks he’ll be capable to make it work effectively.
“Obviously I’m a little light, but I’m strong, I’m fast – I’m ready to fight,” Lawler mentioned. “I’m going to eat, try to feel comfortable.”
Despite all of the drama, Lawler mentioned his opinion on Diaz hasn’t modified going into battle night time. He mentioned he enjoys the chance to welcome Diaz again to the octagon and get some revenge from his first profession knockout loss in 2004.
“He’s a warrior, he comes to fight, and he doesn’t take sh*t,” Lawler mentioned.