Nick Diaz is back after a six-year absence from the UFC.
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He’s 38 years old, hasn’t won a fight since 2011, and has spent the majority of the last five years partying in Las Vegas, but it doesn’t matter – Nick Diaz is back!
Sure, there are other fights on UFC 266. Featherweight Championtakes on jiu-jitsu scholar Brian Ortega and we have another chance to see the unbeatable Valentina Shevchenko – but you can guarantee that all eyes will be on Nick Diaz this weekend when he makes his long-awaited return Octagon celebrates.
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Nick Diaz has not competed since fighting Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in 2015. In the time since then, his brother hascreated his own legend, defeating Conor McGregor and becoming one of the greatest MMA stars in the process. But Nick Diaz was historically the more famous of the two. His comeback is big news.
And the matchmaking for his return is sublime. At UFC 266, Nick Diaz fights his legendary colleague Robbie Lawler.
This is a long awaited rematch. Diaz and Lawler fought in the UFC back in 2004 and the fight was incredible. With both fighters much older and far from prime, this is perfect timing for a perfect fight.
You can see their first fight below.
Who will win this time? It really is a coin toss. Nobody knows what shape Nick Diaz is in, but Lawler has had problems lately. My gut instincts tell me that Lawler is the safe choice here as he has improved massively since the first fight and has been much more active over the past decade. However, we have no idea what Nick Diaz is showing and that is what makes this fight so exciting.
UFC 266 start time
the UFC 266 main card begins at 10:00 p.m. EDT (7:00 p.m. PDT) but here are all the details from multiple time zones.
- The main ticket begins September 25 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT).
- Preliminary rounds begin on September 25 at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT).
- The early preliminaries begin on September 25 at 6:00 p.m. EDT (3:15 p.m. PDT).
- The main card begins on September 26 at 3 a.m. BST.
- The preliminary rounds begin on September 26th at 1 a.m. BST.
- The early preliminaries begin on September 25th, 11:00 p.m. BST.
- The main ticket starts on September 26th at 12 noon AEST.
- The preliminary rounds begin on September 26th, 10 a.m. AEST.
- The early preliminary rounds begin on September 26th at 8:00 a.m. AEST.
This is how you see UFC 266
The UFC now has a partnership with ESPN. This is great news for the UFC and the expansion of the MMA sport, but bad news for consumer choice. Especially if you are one of those UFC fans who want to see UFC in the US.
In the US, if you want to know how to watch UFC 266, you can only find fight night on PPV via ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options for watching UFC on ESPN, according to the ESPN website:
- Existing annual ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC fight for $ 70.
- Existing monthly ESPN Plus subscribers can either upgrade to an annual plan and purchase UFC PPV for $ 85, or the option to watch the UFC event on PPV for $ 70 alone.
- New ESPN Plus subscribers can purchase a bundle of a UFC HD streaming event and an ESPN Plus annual subscription for $ 90. This is a decent offer. The previous package was a 25% saving, but this new package is a 35% saving. ESPN’s ESPN Plus annual subscription automatically renews after one year at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of automatic renewal.
You can follow all of the above steps from the link below.
MMA fans in the United Kingdom can watch UFC 266 exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options when you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 266 through the main event on Foxtel. You can also watch on the UFC website or with the app. You can even order using your PlayStation or the UFC app on your Xbox.
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UFC 266 battle card
- Alexander Volkanovski versus Brian Ortega
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Lauren Murphy
- Nick Diaz versus Robbie Lawler
- Curtis Blaydes Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jessica Andrade versus Cynthia Calvillo
- Marlon Moraes versus Merab Dvalishlivi
- Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast
- Schamil Abdurachimov vs. Chris Daukaus
Early preliminary round
- Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
- Karl Roberson vs. Nick Maximov
- Matthew Semelsberger vs. Martin Sano