June 2, 2011
GSP-Diaz to fight
By JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency
Well, it took him long enough. UFC president Dana White tweeted late yesterday that the only logical next fight for Georges St-Pierre will indeed take place Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.
At UFC 137, fans will see the welterweight champ take on Strikeforce 170-lb. champ Nick Diaz.
White had hinted at the fight since GSP's snoozer of a five-rounder against Jake Shields at Toronto's UFC 129.
UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta fuelled the speculation two days ago when he tweeted 'Jones vs Rampage? What about GSP/Diaz?' So the seed had been planted for a while, and this move is just plain common sense.
At this stage, no other fight makes sense for either scrapper.
With Anderson Silva set to take on Yushin Okami, a move to middleweight for St-Pierre isn't his next step.
And given the lack of finishing power at 170 lb., GSP may not want to jump up a weight class and face bigger men.
Both fighters are running short of legitimate contenders in their respective fight clubs, so the timing is perfect for this champ vs. champ showdown. White was not clear on whether both belts would be on the line, but if Diaz is fighting in the UFC, it would stand to reason only the UFC belt will be at play.
What's most exciting about the announcement is the precedent it sets.
This now swings the door wide open for other Strikeforce fighters to come to the UFC or vice-versa.
Gilbert Melendez fighting for a lightweight title against the winner of Gray Maynard/ Frankie Edgar?
Alistair Overeem coming over to take on the UFC heavyweights?
And I know it's been said in this space countless times, but Fedor Emelianenko needs to come to the UFC if he is to prove that his best days are indeed not behind him. That move just got a whole lot closer with yesterday's announcement.