“I’m excited because it’s been a long time he’s been talking about me, saying like he’s the best, he was saying I was avoiding him and stuff. But I never avoid anybody… Now it’s time to walk the walk. It’s going to be a good fight… For me, I don’t care about the other title. The title that means the most to me is UFC. It’s the most prestigious one. The UFC is (like) the NFL of football, the Stanley Cup of hockey. That’s the one that everyone’s wants to have. I don’t care about gaining the Strikeforce title. I’m a UFC guy and I want to stay in the UFC the rest of my career. That’s where I belong. Right now I’m champion. I don’t care about fighting for a title. I care about fighting the name and Nick Diaz, he’s the guy to beat right now. He’s the guy that a lot of people rank him even No. 1 so that’s why I want to fight him… I don’t know him as a person but he’s a very exciting guy to watch. I’m happy to fight him. He’s going to bring the best out of me, because he’s always putting on a good fight, going forward. It’s going to be a good fight for me.”
— Georges St. Pierre, via Sportsnet.ca, making his first public comments about fighting Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz
Not everyone is excited about this fight, but I definitely don’t count myself as one of them. Yes, there’s definitely the potential for pin Diaz down for five straight rounds and punish him with occasional punches and elbows, much like he did with BJ Penn the last time. In fact, that’s exactly what I expect GSP will try to do. But I wouldn’t count Diaz out because of GSP’s stellar wrestling and positional control. Diaz obviously has great hands and stellar jiu-jitsu game that will make him a threat no matter where GSP decides to take the action. If nothing else, I think Diaz will at least make a fight out it, unlike GSP’s five opponents. If Diaz can’t make GSP exciting again, I’m not sure anyone can in the welterweight division.
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