Robbie Lawler says Nick Diaz didn’t quit at UFC 266: ‘It was a lot of damage’

LAS VEGAS - Robbie Lawler felt the end of his rematch with Nick Diaz at UFC 266 wasn't particularly unusual.
After two rounds back and forth, Lawler (29-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) fought in the third of the fight presented on Saturday in the T-Mobile Arena and landed some solid hits at Diaz (26-10.). MMA, 7-7 UFC), who made his expected return after a hiatus of more than six years.
Lawler landed a powerful punch that injured Diaz early in the third round, causing him to fall on his back. He refused to follow Diaz to the ground and when referee Jason Herzog tried to get Diaz on his feet he refused and the fight was abandoned.
Some critics said after the fight that Diaz stopped. Lawler doesn't see it that way, however, arguing that the interruption was just the sum of a grueling struggle.
"I felt like it was a pileup," Diaz told MMA Junkie and other reporters at the UFC 266 post-fight press conference. “But I felt like I caught him with a little check hook and then left a little to the left when he hit him with a little uppercut. Then when he went down he wanted him to come down and I said, 'Let's get on with the fun things.'
“He's a warrior. It was right there in the pocket. I throw hard shots and he took them. It was a lot of damage. If you go back and see the fight, it was a war. A three round war. I hit pretty hard and it just wasn't his night. "
Lawler's victory over Diaz was a moment of redemption, losing the first fight between them in April 2004. It was the first time Lawler was stopped on strikes, and more than 17 years later he got it back.
However, the former UFC welterweight champion said this doesn't mean anything special to him. He was surprised when he was presented with the matchup, and in the end it was a motivating battle to face one of the biggest names in MMA history.
Lawler credited his Sanford MMA teammate and Bellator fighter Jason Jackson for perfectly preparing him for Diaz's unique style. Now that he's secured victory and lost his four-way battle, "Ruthless" is ready to move on to his next victim.
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