It looks like Georges St. Pierre has finally come around to the idea of fighting Carlos Condit and not Nick Diaz next.

During an recent interview on Sherdog Radio, GSP explained that while he hopes Diaz won’t retire so they can fight down the road, he wants to fight Carlos Condit now because he’s the “best man” in the division.

“As far as Diaz, of course I would like to fight him because he thinks he’s better than me,” St. Pierre told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “It’s Time” show with Bruce Buffer. “I think I’m better than him. But I think he should not retire. He did all of the sacrifice in his life to be where he’s at right now. He’s at the highest point of his career, and if he retires now, he’s left a lot of money on the table that could pay for all of the sacrifices he has made during all those years. I think the sport of mixed martial arts needs a guy like him.”

“I wanted to fight him because of what he was, not because of what he said,” St. Pierre explained. “He was ranked No. 1 before that fight. … As much as we dislike each other, I like the guy in a way that I need a guy like him to motivate me and to make me a better martial artist.”

“Of course because of the emotion I wanted to fight Diaz, but now I want to fight Condit,” St. Pierre said. “I want to fight the best man, and the best man is Condit.”

That’s good, because it really doesn’t matter now since Diaz got popped for pot. Condit is clearly the number one contender in the division now. The only question is whether or not he will be once St. Pierre is healed up and ready to fight again.

Here’s GSP’s cageside reaction to the Diaz-Condit fight in real-time.

Image via Esther Lin for MMA Fighting