Nick Diaz put up a terrific fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 this past weekend, but where does the Californian go from here?
‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley thinks he should return to the octagon against Mike Perry (who is currently without an opponent) and believes that the former Strikeforce welterweight champion should continue fighting despite many pundits calling for him to retire.
“That was one the sickest fights ever,” O’Malley said of Diaz vs. Lawler 2 on the TimboSugarShow podcast (h/t SportsKeeda). “Just two f***ing dogs… There’s just not a lot of guys that bring that f***ing level of hype dude.”
“Kamaru (Usman)? Nick versus even Jorge (Masvidal)? Oh, Nick vs. Mike Perry could be sick,” O’Malley said. “Nick might dog him. Just outbox him. That’d be sick, Nick (vs.) Perry would be sick.”
Diaz did put on a great show considering his six-year layoff but he did ultimately lose the fight via TKO. The Stockton local refused to get back to his feet after being dropped by a check right hook in the third round.
Diaz said in his post-fight interview with ‘DC’ that he knew he had it coming and hinted that he was unprepared heading into the fight. His former teammate Jake Shields claims the UFC veteran was ‘pressured’ into the fight by ‘snakes’ that picked money over his health.
Win, lose or draw, Diaz remains one of the most popular fighters in the world and is considered by many to be a true legend of the sport.