Though UFC president Dana White has reminded fans that the heavily-swirling rumors of a title fight between UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre and Strikeforce 170lbs. champ Nick Diaz do not necessarily indicate that the fight is a done deal, it seems increasingly likely that the match up — which is allegedly targeted for sometime in December — will come to fruition.
After all, many believe that Diaz is the last test awaiting the French-Canadian powerhouse in the welterweight division and that, if “Rush” can make it past the gritty Stockton fighter, his dominance will necessitate a move to the middleweight division and a super fight against Anderson Silva. Considering the list of contenders St-Pierre has mowed through, this doesn’t seem like an entirely flawed line of thought, but there are some who would protest this course of action — namely, Jon Fitch.
Fitch battled St-Pierre for the belt in 2008, making it perhaps the champion’s toughest title defense to date. St-Pierre kept his belt though and defeated the American Kickboxing Academy team captain handily. Since then, Fitch has put together a five-fight winning streak — though his most recent outing ended in a draw against former champ BJ Penn — and believes strongly that he has more claim to the title than does Nick Diaz.
Fitch let his feelings on the matter be known over Twitter.
“@DaveCamarillo why would that fight be good. Diaz got title cause Sheilds vacated the belt. Paper champ,” he wrote, before continuing bluntly, “Keep that going Fitch Fanatics #GSPvsDiaz=bullsh**”
Currently, Fitch is sitting on the sidelines rehabbing a shoulder injury which forced him out of a summer rematch with Penn (from which Penn also withdrew due to a shoulder injury). Many expect the two to meet again once they get back to action, though that would likely depend on the timing of their respective recoveries.