Though UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his strap last weekend — for the sixth time — against the very tough Jake Shields, he likely did not win any new fans in the process. “Rush” dominated Shields throughout the fight, even pushing through a vision-canceling eye injury to pull out the unanimous decision, but it wasn’t a fight that many would describe as exciting.
Many expected that GSP’s next fight would come against UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva in a superfight, but with “The Spider” set to take on Yushin Okami this summer in defense of his own title, it looks like St-Pierre will be sticking around at welterweight for at least a little while longer.
The problem with that is the fact that the French-Canadian has defeated most every compelling contender in the 170lbs. division — except for Shields’ teammate and his own Strikeforce counterpart, Nick Diaz. With the UFC’s purchase of Strikeforce and UFC president Dana White’s indication of interest in the bout, St-Pierre vs. Diaz now seems more viable than ever.
For his part, Diaz is much more excited by the prospect of fighting the world’s best 170-pounder than he is the “chumps” that he’s being fed in Strikeforce.
“Yeah, I didn’t know if they’d be talking about (me fighting GSP) or what you know but let me get in there with that guy,” said Diaz during a recent interview with GnP TV (props to MMAMania.com for the find/transcription). “They had him in there with my partner and look what happened to him, you know what I mean? What do you think is going to happen to him if they put him in there with me? I don’t know, I’d like to start getting paid up here, I’d like to get that fight or I’d like to make something happen here, something different, something big. I’m tired of this same thing over and over again, it’s getting old. This is getting old for me and that’s just how I feel.”
Unsurprisingly, Diaz likes his chances against St. Pierre and believes that he has the perfect style to give the French-Canadian a fit in the cage.
“Yeah, sure, (I think my boxing is superior to Georges). I think I’ll put my punches in, I think he’s going to try to force takedowns and go for takedowns,” said Diaz. “But I saw him out there and he doesn’t look… he’s not much for size, you know, and I don’t think he’s… I don’t know if that’ll be the smartest plan for him either. I feel like it will be real hard for him. I feel like I’m ready for that fight, I’ve been ready for that fight. I just feel I’m even more ready for it now. I want to get this show on the road, like I said, I’m not getting any younger, I don’t think old Georges, he’s not getting any younger and I need some change in lifestyle, you know?”
In Diaz’s most recent title defense — which came against British slugger Paul Daley last month — the Stockton kid put on one of the best single-round performances in MMA history, surviving a back-and-forth brawl with the heavy-handed Daley to earn a late TKO victory.