Robbie Lawler believes Ring Rust will not be a factor in his eagerly anticipated rematch for Nick Diaz, despite Stockton slugger’s lengthy layoff.
The mixed martial arts legend will resume their rivalry on Sunday morning at the main event of UFC 266 in Las Vegas.
Diaz, 38, a . will lay feet inside the octagon on the back of six years Interval, in which he has enjoyed a party lifestyle.
But former welterweight King Lawler believes his old foe’s involvement in his brother Nate’s training camps in recent years may have kept him ‘sharp’.
NS kill cliff The ambassador told SunSport: “I think it’s one of those things.
“Every fight is different, you never know what’s going to happen there.
“And I think he’s the kind of guy who’s helping his brother over and over again. He’s in the gym, he’s doing stuff.
“He will certainly be quick with his techniques. It will be able to apply them in battle. We will see.”
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Lawler and his team have been unable to pull up any recent footage of the older Diaz brother for this fight.
But the Sanford MMA standout insists that the lack of tape hasn’t had a detrimental effect on his preparations.
The future UFC Hall of Famer said: “It really didn’t affect it at all.
“If I remember in our first fight. Obviously, it was a long time ago. He’s a different fighter, I’m a different fighter.
“But really, it was just focusing on myself.
He will certainly be quick with his techniques.
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“Strengthening my skills, getting my body in shape, making sure my footwork is what I need and just working on my skills to get my game tight.”
Fan favorite Lawler, 39, enters his first outing of the year, riding a four-fight losing streak.
But the prospect of being given his marching order with a fifth consecutive defeat doesn’t worry Ruthless.
The former Strikeforce and Elite XC competitor said: “I’m not too worried about it.
“I’m never worried about it. I look at every fight as a big fight, it’s like that.
“If you’re the first fight of the night or [the] Second fight of the night, no matter where you are [on the card].
“Every fight is important and in every fight you have to give your best and try to figure it out.
“There’s no pressure because it’s a fight… simple.”
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