UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre specifically asked for a bout with Nick Diaz. Company officials obliged, and the two are scheduled to meet this month at UFC 158.
However, it has recently been made public that Diaz has blown off several interviews with UFC staff, and UFC president Dana White has stated he is close to pulling Diaz from the championship match.
It wouldn’t be the first time that GSP-Diaz has been scrapped if it happens, but the Canadian told The Vancouver Sun that he believes the former Strikeforce champion will be there come March 16.
“He’ll show up. It would be inconceivable that he doesn’t,” St-Pierre said. “He can make money that will maybe last the rest of his life. Now showing up would be really stupid, and he’s not stupid. He’s strange and unorthodox.”
GSP went on to state how frustrated he is having to continually answer questions concerning the status of Diaz. Of course, in asking for such a match, he had to know these kind of things would come up, right?
“I control what I control, and that’s to be ready for March 16,” GSP said. “Seriously, I despite it. I like you guys (reporters), but I don’t like doing this. I’ve been repeating the same thing 50 times every week. It’s like a computer in my head. But, it’s part of my job, so he has to do the same. Otherwise, it’s not fair.”
The economical impact and backlash the UFC would receive by removing Diaz and likely inserting Johny Hendricks into the main event in a couple of weeks would be huge. Unless the Stockton bad boy pisses off DFW majorly, look for GSP-Diaz to take place in Montreal.
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