Despite rumored hurdles, a recent denial from Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, and a bit of misdirection from UFC President Dana White, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz are set to meet at UFC 137 on October 29 in Las Vegas.
White announced the matchup on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
St-Pierre recently fought Diaz’s teammate Jake Shields at UFC 129 and won by unanimous decision despite an eye injury suffered during the fight. Many expected the Canadian to be headlining the UFC’s return to Montreal for UFC 140 in September, but St-Pierre will instead fight in Las Vegas for the first time since UFC 100.
Diaz will be returning to the Octagon for the first time since his TKO victory over Gleison Tibau in 2006. Diaz most recently defended his title over Paul Daley at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley in April, and planned to leave MMA for boxing before a recent meeting with Dana White apparently led to a change of heart for the California native.
UFC 137 will air on pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 29.
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