UFC president Dana White revealed post-fight at UFC 133 that the next UFC Primetime will take focus on UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz as they gear up to fight one another this October at UFC 137.
“Yeah, (St-Pierre vs. Diaz) probably would be (the next UFC Primetime),” White revealed. “It’d be interesting with Diaz to get a camera to follow him for more than 10 minutes. It’s gonna be very unpredictable. I don’t ask him to say anything special, to change who he is or whatever, but you’ve heard me say it a million times, give me that much. Play the game. Do what you’re supposed to do professionally and this will all work out. I don’t ever ask anybody to not be themselves. I don’t ever tell people what to say. I don’t ever do anything like that. He is who he is and he can be who he is, but you have to play by the rules.”
The show, which will air on Spike TV, has featured St-Pierre in three of the five episodes which have already aired. St-Pierre was profiled before his bouts with BJ Penn, Dan Hardy and Jake Shields. Other episodes have featured Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson before their UFC 114 contest as well as Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar prior to their UFC 121 title fight.
After essentially cleaning out the welterweight division in Strikeforce and then threatening to defect to boxing if he weren’t properly recognized and compensated for it, Nick Diaz was brought into the UFC fold, where he’ll take on long-reigning champion Georges St-Pierre in his first fight back in the promotion since 2006.
Having put together a 6-4 record in the UFC between 2003 and 2006, Diaz left the promotion on a three-fight winning streak to take on who was then considered the world’s top lightweight, Takanori Gomi, under the Pride banner. Though he won the thrilling bout with a rarely seen gogoplata, the victory was overturned when he popped positive for marijuana. Since then, Diaz has gone 11-1 and has avenged the one loss (to KJ Noons) in that streak. 25-7 overall, Diaz has established himself as one of the world’s best welterweights and poses an interesting challenge to St-Pierre’s throne.
Since losing the title in a shocking upset to Matt Serra back in 2007, St-Pierre has remained undefeated over nine bouts, reclaimed the belt and the loss from Matt Serra and defeated some of the toughest fighters in the welterweight division. With wins over Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck (2x), Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Dan Hardy, and, most recently, Diaz’s Cesar Gracie teammate Jake Shields, many believe that Diaz represents Rush’s last real test in the weight class.
Diaz and St-Pierre will meet at UFC 137, which will go down on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.