Emotions won’t be a problem for Georges St-Pierre when he defends his welterweight championship against Nick Diaz this weekend. Even after the back and forth verbal exchanges between the two, St-Pierre is calm according to his trainer Greg Jackson. Being a mentally tough fighter was a major factor in Jackson’s reasoning.
“He understands the game extremely well,” said Jackson on Sherdog Radio. “Even if he gets mad, he’ll be able to control it and keep his business his business. He’s incredibly smart, like off-the-charts smart. I think he’s going to be much too smart to fall for that.”
Jackson noted that Diaz was a smart fighter and knows how to get in one’s head.
St-Pierre will look to continue his roll since a nearly 18 month layoff due to an ACL injury. This is Diaz’s first fight in a year after he was handed a suspension for marijuana usage.
This meeting was supposed to happen at UFC 137 in 2011, but Diaz was removed from the contest after missing several pre-fight press releases. UFC president Dana White said he almost had to pull Diaz for the same incident.
They finally meet at UFC 158 from the Bell Centre. They headline Saturday’s card in St-Pierre’s home country of Canada.