The two welterweight fan favorites were only in the beginning stages of their careers when they first crossed paths in April 2004 at UFC 47. Diaz had just kicked off his octagon career with a third-round submission of Jeremy Jackson following a run as the inaugural WEC welterweight champion. Likewise, Lawler was just three years into his own career but had already begun to establish himself as a fearsome prospect after notching four wins in his first five UFC appearances.
So when the two met at UFC 47, it’s no surprise that chaos ensued.
Watch a replay of Diaz and Lawler’s classic first fight above ahead of their long-awaited UFC 266 rematch, which is set to be a five-round, non-title bout.