Recently Dana White relayed that the UFC’s hoping to book a bout between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz, but, it sounds like there’s a long ways to go before that happens.
White recently said that the promotion is looking to have the stars fight at UFC 227, August 4th, and that the bout would be contested at 155 pounds. The news caught a lot of folks by surprise, since neither St-Pierre or Diaz have really talked about fighting (quote via MMA Junkie).
“It is true, and (St-Pierre and Diaz) would fight at 155 pounds,” White said on the UFC’s “Unfiltered” podcast. “There are rumors that we were doing (Alexander) Gustafsson versus (Luke) Rockhold. That is true, but that is not for the interim title. That’s false. It might be L.A. I’m targeting L.A. In my perfect world, if everything goes perfect, which nothing goes (expletive) perfect in this world: (T.J.) Dillashaw versus (Cody) Garbrandt, GSP versus Diaz would be the co-main, Gustafsson versus Rockhold, and Derek Brunson versus Antonio Carlos Junior.”
Well, since then, we haven’t heard much from either fighter about White’s comments. But, more recently, Diaz posted the statement below on his official Facebook page:
Gsp cheated when he fought my brother he was on steroids he was overweight and they let him be because we were in Montreal and his boy gave nick a bad iv now they selling u wolf tickets on me gsp you can clear that shit up or fight yourself cheater
So, yes, maybe this could all be a way to drive interest in the bout and get GSP to sign on. But, probably not. You would think if Diaz really wanted this bout to take place he’d be outright challenging GSP, warning him etc, and that’s not happening.
Since St-Pierre announced his comeback run, he’s talked about taking fights that would add to his legacy, and since Diaz hasn’t won any UFC titles, some have questioned whether the Canadian would be interested in this match-up to begin with.
Sure, GSP would collect a nice check, but, at this point of his career, any St-Pierre bout will probably do that. Not to mention the fact he’s already made a ton of cash. It also seemed like the reaction to the proposed bout was kind of flat no?
St-Pierre faced Nate’s brother Nick in 2013, and won via unanimous decision.