UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is back in the gym working towards a February 5 date with Nick Diaz at UFC 143 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the second planned date for a GSP-Diaz encounter, and it seems like both men are ready for it to go down this time.
St-Pierre, who is working back from a knee injury that forced him out of a bout with Carlos Condit earlier this year, talked to the Montreal Gazette about fighting Diaz. St-Pierre is 22-2 in his career and has defended the UFC welterweight title six times.
Diaz was the Strikeforce welterweight champion before signing with the UFC. He earned a decision victory over BJ Penn at UFC 137 to improve to 26-7 in his career. Diaz has won 11 straight fights.
“I truly believe (Diaz) deserves the fight. He’s a fight that I want and a fight that everybody wants to see,” St-Pierre said. “He’s a very good boxer, probably one of the best in mixed martial arts. Also very good jiu-jitsu. But I believe I’m better than him everywhere. He’s fought very well, but I know I have his number. I will beat him.”
UFC 143 will also feature a welterweight battle between Condit and Josh Koscheck.