Dana White has confirmed that a UFC Primetime special is being targeted for October’s blockbuster welterweight title fight between Georges St.Pierre and Nick Diaz.
“It’d be interesting, getting a camera to follow Diaz for more than 10 minutes,” White said with a chuckle to reporters after UFC 133.
The Former Strikeforce 170lb champion is of course one of the most volatile and unique characters in the sport and so it certainly does make sense to have him showcased via the Primetime platform, particularly since this will be his first fight back in the UFC in almost five years.
It’s hard to predict how Diaz will react to all this however, and White hints that he’s a little nervous about whether he’ll behave himself or not.
“It’s going to be very unpredictable. All I ask of this kid…I don’t ask him to say anything special or to change who he is or whatever, but you’ve heard me say it a million times…give me that much (motions a small amount with his fingers), just play the game. Do what you’re supposed to do professionally and this will all work out.”
So it’s going to be interesting to see how this turns out, but on the other hand the drawback is that for the fourth time in the show’s six series history GSP will be one of the featured fighters.
Now St.Pierre is a likeable fighter and undoubtedly one of the most popular in the sport, but there’s not a lot of new angles to cover with him and he gives very little away on camera so there’s a danger the format is going to feel stale.
Personally I’d rather see them do a feature focusing on just Diaz with cameras following him around prior to the fight – not unlike the ‘In The Moment: Jon Jones’ show that aired earlier in the year, and leave the ‘Primetime’ series for fighters who could really use the extra exposure.
Nontheless I will definitely be tuning in to see how this one pans out.