Georges St. Pierre successfully repelled another challenger to his throne last night, by staving off a stubborn Jake Shields over five rounds to earn a unanimous decision.
Though it wasn’t his best performance by any stretch, St. Pierre showed nothing short of dominance in taking Shields the distance and many are now questioning what’s left for him to accomplish at 170lbs. The name of Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz comes to mind immediately when thinking of a formidable 170lbs. opponent for “Rush,” but his contractual ties with Showtime/Strikeforce are thought to present an obstacle in bringing that fight to fruition.
At least, they were until Dana White all but canned his “business as usual” tagline last night at the UFC 129 post-fight presser by telling the gathered media that he owns Strikeforce now and can probably put that fight together if he so desires.
“I imagine I could do whatever I wanted to do if I really wanted,” White said of putting together GSP-Diaz. “But we have a contract with Showtime, and he’s a Strikeforce fighter. We’ll see how it works out, but that’s an interesting fight.”
One thing that bodes well for those interested in a fight between the two champions is that White is a big fan of Diaz’s and especially of his latest barn burner against Paul Daley.
“I’ll tell you what, I was there for that last fight, and I was blown away by his last fight,” White said of Diaz’s early-April title defense. “He looked incredible. It’s interesting.”
White currently has plans to fly to Stockton, California in order to discuss with Diaz his professional boxing plans.