It’s still a ways off, but with UFC: Rio in the rear view, St-Pierre vs. Diaz is now looming noticeably on the horizon.
The UFC’s dominant welterweight champion will square off against Diaz — who vacated his Strikeforce welterweight belt to take the fight — in late October and he recently told Tony Rivera of Renzo Gracie’s in New York that he is supremely motivated to face off against the surly Stockton native.
“I cannot be more motivated than I am right now, I’m fighting Nick Diaz — he’s the champion of [Strikeforce] and he hasn’t lost in many years,” said St-Pierre. “So, I want to be the one to defeat him.”
Working out of the Cesar Gracie camp in California, Diaz possesses some of the most active and threatening jiu-jitsu in the weight class, if not in all of the sport. He’s no slouch on the mat himself, but St-Pierre sees this fight being contested in all areas of MMA, as each man has potent overall skills to boot.
“Nick is not [just] a ground guy at all. He’s a very exciting fighter,” he said. “I am not a ground guy only. We’re both very well rounded and it’s going to be an exciting fight.”
St-Pierre and Diaz are set to meet on October 29 in the main event of UFC 137, which will go down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though he hasn’t yet begun with his camp proper, St-Pierre is readying himself for the fight.
“Preparation is going very well,” he said. “I have not started my camp yet, it’s still a long time. But, I am always training.”