Yancy Medeiros has been friends with Nick Diaz for a very long time and has been a part of his famous ‘scrap pack.' He was very excited when his good friend announced he would return at UFC 266 against Robbie Lawler.
The bout was a very fun, back and forth striking match that ended in the third round by TKO. Yancy Medeiros knew it wasn't the same Nick Diaz at UFC 266 against Robbie Lawler.
“Nick's always a fighter,” Medeiros told ClutchPoints. “He's a General. He's the General. No matter if I see him or not, every time I see him, I'm always gonna pay my homage to him. But when I found out he was doing a fight, of course, I was excited. That guy's a savant when it comes to fighting. It's beyond like, he can't get it, I get it. That's why you guys can't get it. But Nick is definitely a savant when it comes to fighting and fighting Robbie Lawler, that was just a tough fight. Tough fight on both ends. Everyone can see that Nick didn't look like the Nick that was. I feel like with a proper camp, Nick will come back and get better. From what I know, he's doing much better too.”
There was a lot of talk about how Nick Diaz looked at UFC 266 and there were big questions about his training camp. Yancy Medeiros expects him to look better with a proper training camp.
“It was entertaining, but I definitely think Nick wasn't 100 or he didn't have the best camp. I don't even know because I never dug into it. I never asked. I don't go and be like,' Oh, what's this? What's that?' I'm like when he wants to reveal, what he wants to reveal to me, I'll go. But I don't dig at it. All I cared about was him fighting, him doing his best. When he knew what he knew and how the fight ended. He knew. I gotta give him that respect. And for him to bring that Lawler out like, Lawler is a G. He's an OG and just to have that respect and see two guys like that go out there… I'm like, Damn. Robbie is humble in victory and defeat. He's a G. I got the utmost respect for him. But even more so after that fight.”