UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre caught some flack for deciding to face Nick Diaz instead of taking on Anderson Silva in a much-anticipated super-fight.
However, as far as St-Pierre is concerned, Diaz is the fight that everyone he talks to wants to see happen.
After two failed attempts, the welterweights will meet for the UFC title at UFC 158 in March. The event takes place from Montreal, the site of a kickoff press conference on Wednesday.
St-Pierre (23-2) returned to action for the first time in nearly two years late in 2012, defeating Carlos Condit to unify the belts. Diaz (26-8), meanwhile, will be coming off a year-long suspension for a failed post-fight drug test.
“I have been out for a long time, and there are a lot of contenders. You have to make big fights when it’s time to do it, and this is the fight that everybody wanted to have, including me and Nick. So, we are doing it,” St-Pierre said.
Despite the short layoff, GSP said he is ready, adding, “That’s what I wanted to have. I wanted to be back in action quickly after my last fight.”
Diaz used the microphone to call out St-Pierre several times over the past few years, but the Canadian believes the trash talking is just something most of his opponents do to try and get inside his head.
“I am used to it,” GSP said. “It’s a usual thing for me.”