“My training partners did a good job imitating him,” continued Sanford MMA rep, who recently retired UFC veteran Nik Lentz who was running his camp this time around. “I trained with Jason Jackson, who would be a southpaw for me, a fast guy and a guy who pushes me, made me work and tired me, forced me to step up a gear.”
Seventeen years after facing each other in their early twenties, the best years of their careers still ahead of them, Lawler and Diaz will fill those same positions on Saturday, with 60 more combined experience fights between them.
But just like they did all those years ago at UFC 47, on the way to the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Lawler and Diaz will both cross the threshold of the Octagon focusing on lifting. hand to achieve victory.
And this time, Lawler thinks the outcome will be different.
“Nick brings a lot of good things to the table, but I’ve trained with a lot of good guys who have pushed me, so I’ll be in good shape and be sharp,” he said. “And being sharp, with my power and my skills, I think I’m going to do just fine.”