UFC 266 LIVE: Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler stream, latest updates and how to watch online

Nick Diaz after his last UFC bout, in 2015

After six years out, Nick Diaz makes his long-awaited return to MMA tonight, taking on old rival Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 in Las Vegas.

Seventeen years after the pair faced one another in the same city, with Diaz (26-9) winning via second-round knockout, they go head-to-head again at the T-Mobile Arena. This evening’s contest was this week changed from a welterweight bout to a middleweight meeting at the request of Diaz’s team, with the ever game Lawler (28-15) unsurprisingly accepting. The fight is scheduled for five rounds, marking only the second time in UFC history that a non-title bout that is not headlining an event is set for 25 minutes; the first took place this year and involved Diaz’s younger brother, Nate.

Meanwhile, the card’s main event sees Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega (15-1), in what should be a compelling match-up between opposing coaches from the most recent season of the Ultimate Fighter TV show. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko (21-3) puts her flyweight title on the line against Lauren Murphy (15-4), as fans hope to see the champion tested for the first time in years.

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UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

“You’re killing this guy,” Diaz’s corner tells him.

Lawler appears to hurt him with a digging left hook into the body early in the second round, though.

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

“Diaz” chants to more good body work from the returning icon.

What an ending to the round, too! The old rivals trade combinations against the fence. Lots of good counters from Diaz.

One round down, four to go…

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

The pair trade fierce body hooks in close.

Diaz is loosening up and, dare I say it, starting to look pretty sharp…

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

Finally Diaz returns fire. He looks slow and troubled by Lawler’s strikes, but he’s hanging in there.

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

Diaz opens up with a very slow spinning back kick, and immediately he is swarmed by Lawler.

Lawler with heavy body shots against the fence. Diaz is shelling up.

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

This fight was changed from a welterweight bout to a middleweight contest this week, per a request from Diaz’s team.

It is only the second bout in UFC history to be scheduled for five rounds despite not being a title fight or main event.

The other also took place this year, and featured Nick’s brother Nate.

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

A thunderous ovation for Nick Diaz in the T-Mobile Arena as he makes his way to the Octagon for the first time since January 2015.

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

Lawler is out first.

Since he last fought Diaz, Lawler has competed 34 times.

UFC 266: Diaz vs Lawler II

It’s time. After six years out, Nick Diaz makes his return to MMA. He takes on former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in a rematch at middleweight, 17 years after knocking out ‘Ruthless’ in their first meeting.

Here’s why we should be wary about Diaz’s return, though:

Why we should be worried about Nick Diaz’s UFC return

There is cause for concern as the older Diaz brother returns after a six-year absence, for a rematch 17 years in the making

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