Following his win over KJ Noons on Saturday night Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz was typically bold and brash over who he wanted to fight next.
“I want to fight Georges St.Pierre,” Diaz told Fight! Magazine.
Of course while Diaz is still contracted to Strikeforce there’s no chance of that happening, and even if it did, it seems that UFC president Dana White isn’t buying into the idea of Diaz as the man to break GSP’s vice grip on the welterweight belt.
“Nick Diaz got cut from the UFC because he lost three or four in a row, you know? He’s one of those guys who we respect in his fighting style and the way he goes in, but it’s a whole different ballgame when your in the UFC,” White told MMAnouvelles yesterday at a press conference in Montreal for UFC 124.
At one point Diaz did go three fights without a win the octagon, losing to Diego Sanchez, Joe Riggs and Sean Sherk, though for the record he did bounce back with wins over Josh Neer and Gleison Tibau before leaving the promotion at the end of 2006 though, and has since compiled a record of 9-1 (1nc).
I think White’s basic point rings true though. In fairness to Diaz it’s been well over four years since those defeats and he’s undoubtedly improved since then. At the same time the level of competition he has faced isn’t close to what he would encounter in the UFC’s 170lb division.
It’s a fact that’s not lost on the fighter himself, though it’s not his fault, it’s down to the promoters to give him the best fights they can, all he can do is beat who’s put in front of him.
“I want to fight the best in the world. If you don’t think I’m the best in the world then bring me the best in the world,” Diaz said in frustration on Saturday night.
Judging by his performance against Noons, Diaz wrestling is still a weak point in his style though, and that would be a major problem against the best of the best like Georges St.Pierre, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, etc, who are all dominant in that particular field.
That being said I feel Diaz would be an excellent and deserving addition to the UFC’s 170lb mix. I’d also love to see a GSP Vs Diaz fight at some stage down the line, but I have a sneaky suspicion that I already know how it would turn out.
Check out Dana White and Nick Diaz’s comments for yourselves in the videos below.