Ask and you shall receive.
Well, if you’re Georges St-Pierre at least.
After the UFC‘s welterweight kingpin and his coach Firas Zahabi asked for a matchup with Nick Diaz, it appears as though that wish will be granted by UFC President Dana White. White made the plans apparent following the pre-fight press conference for this weekend’s UFC on FOX 5 event.
St-Pierre was originally slated to face Anderson Silva in a super fight, but that fight will likely be put on hold in favor of a bout that was slated to go down earlier this year. Diaz and GSP were supposed to square off in the main event at UFC 143, but Carlos Condit stepped in for an injured GSP and ultimately was able to upset Diaz in a controversial bout.
Diaz was suspended for a year following that bout, and despite the fact that he lost, the champion feels he still has unfinished business with the outspoken Californian.
Fans were so excited for this bout both times that it was supposed to happen before, but Diaz lost a lot of luster after his loss to Condit, despite the fact that it was disputed and many feel that Diaz didn’t really lose. It’s interesting that Diaz jumps ahead of Johny Hendricks, who flattened Martin Kampmann in 46 seconds on the same card where GSP outclassed Condit. Hendricks has also won five in a row, including his last three over Jon Fitch (a 12-second knockout), Josh Koscheck, and Kampmann, who all ranked among the top contenders in the UFC.
I’m not saying that I don’t want to see the GSP-Diaz matchup and that I don’t see that it’ll sell well on pay-per-view, because both points are easy to make. One just has to wonder how much more top prospects in the UFC have to do in order to get title shots.