Georges St-Pierre's trainer says that Nick Diaz is the No. 1 welterweight contender

By David McKinney

It seems as though Georges St-Pierre‘s camp may already be putting the pieces in place to avoid a potential super fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

GSP’s head trainer Firas Zahabi told MMA Junkie today that Nick Diaz should be the No. 1 contender to the welterweight title, despite the fact that he lost his last fight and he is currently serving a one-year suspension due to a failed drug test following that bout. Zahabi’s point was that Diaz’s UFC 143 bout against Carlos Condit was close enough for the Stockton, Calif. native to deserve the next crack at GSP, should the welterweight champ decide to defend his title in lieu of a super fight against Silva.

Johny Hendricks has also put his name in the hat of top welterweight contenders, especially after his 46-second knockout over Martin Kampmann in the co-main event at UFC 154 where GSP successfully defended his title against Condit.

I’m still in favor of the super fight between GSP and Silva. If it’s ever going to happen, then the time is now for the UFC to make it happen. Neither division has a true clear-cut contender, and both fighters seem at least willing to talk about the potential of making the fight happen.

Also, Diaz isn’t the No. 1 contender. Even if he is the second-best fighter 170 pounds, he can’t get a title shot coming off of a loss (even a disputed one) and suspension. The best choice for the UFC would be to make a No. 1 contender fight between Hendricks and Diaz, which could headline a PPV and would also mean big money for the organization.

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