Robbie Lawler's Not Using '04 Diaz Fight To Prepare For Rematch, Too Long Ago

“Crazy that after 17 years we’re back in it, we’re still in the mix, fighting on a big card. All the fans are excited, so its nice to go out there and put on a show for the fans.”

That’s Robbie Lawler telling TMZ Sports about fighting Nick Diaz … 6,386 days after first battling his fellow MMA legend at UFC 47 (we’re at 266 now).

FYI, Lawler lost by knockout in the 2nd round.

We asked 39-year-old Lawler whether there’s anything he can take from the 2004 fight … but Ruthless Robbie said the fight happened just too damn long ago.

“Not too much [to learn], ’cause I mean I’ve evolved so much from that fight, learned so much from that.”

To make prep even harder for Lawler … 38-year-old Diaz hasn’t fought since his no contest against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in 2015.

But, Lawler doesn’t expect a rusty or run-down Nick … he believes he’ll get a prime version of the fighter from Stockton, Cali.

As for Lawler’s future (he’s lost his last 4 against guys like Colby Covington and Rafael dos Anjos), we asked him if it’s possible next Saturday will be the last time we ever see him in a UFC Octagon.

“Nah, it’s not possible. I’ve been doing this for a long time. My body feels good. Just waiting for good fights that get me excited, and this is one of those fights. Nick Diaz is a big name, and this is gonna be a big event.”

Robbie Lawler still fighting. Nick Diaz returning. Music to fight fans’ ears.

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