What’s not to love about Robbie Lawler?
The former UFC welterweight champion rarely, if ever, has anything bad to say about his opponents before fights and his fan-friendly fighting style makes him a staple TV every time he participates.
At UFC 266, Lawler faced Nick Diaz in a rematch that spanned 17 years. Diaz, who hadn’t competed before since UFC 183 in 2015, raised some concerns during fight week with a bizarre pre-fight interview with ESPN in which he said: “I don’t don’t know why I’m doing this. “
Lawler beat Diaz in the third round via TKO with punches, but immediately turned off fight mode and went to check on his opponent who he respects tremendously.
Check out this interaction between the two fighters immediately after the fight is over, captured for the UFC’s “The Thrill and The Agony” series (via @espnmma on Twitter):
– ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 5, 2021
“Are you good?” Lawler asked Diaz. “Are you good at living?” It’s (censored) different. Let’s (censored) get there, you know what I’m saying? ”
Diaz’s responses aren’t audible in the music video, but Lawler responded by saying, “Let me (censored) know if I can help you.”
Seeing two sports legends share this moment is refreshing because, at the end of the day, there is more to life than fighting. If you didn’t know that before, it was a good representation of the type of person Lawler is besides being a fierce fighter inside the cage.
Check out a preview of the full episode, which hits UFC Fight Pass, in the video below: