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Old 05-21-2011, 06:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Report: GSP vs Nick Diaz close to official!

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The perpetual welterweight challenger machine continues to churn out opponents for Georges St. Pierre to clean out.

Those of us hoping a win over Jake Shields would finally bring a superfight with Anderson Silva to fruition will have to wait just a little longer. Instead, it looks like GSP will fight Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz. MMA Weekly reports:

Nick Diaz is likely to face St-Pierre for his next UFC welterweight title defense in 2011, with all signs pointing towards a December showdown in Montreal.

Sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com that a deal is imminent and the fight could be announced as early as next week. Like any potential deal, there is always the chance something could change at the 11th hour, but St-Pierre vs. Diaz is almost a certainty at this point.

This follows Mike Chiappetta's Twitter report that Diaz met with UFC President Dana White at the UFC offices on Thursday.

A bout with Georges St. Pierre would likely put to rest Diaz's foray into boxing against Jeff Lacy.

No word on whether St. Pierre and Diaz have been selected to participate as coaches for the Ultimate Fighter 14.
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Sorry Jonny boy.

For those of you that believe Nick should face a top contender in the UFC before getting a shot, from a business perspective, that is not a wise move.

Nick Diaz' stock is sooooo high (no pun intended) atm and if there's one thing he proved in SF, HE SELLS FIGHTS! Pretty sure that the cards with Diaz fighting on in SF had the highest amount of viewers.

This is the perfect time to book a fight with GSP. With Diaz' stock being so high and being a champ from another organisation, this fight will sell $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

It could be the most entertaining fight GSP has had in a long damn time too.
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He should cry in Koschecks arms, they seem like good huggers, and Josh needs to make sure his tear ducts still work,
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is the only interesting fight left for GSP at the moment. I think he'll beat Diaz decisively but hopefully due to Diaz's aggressive fighting style we'll see GSP stop him.

I just hope Diaz doesn't talk a big game and choke when they step into the Octagon. Not interested in seeing another fighter scared to square off with GSP just to be jabbed to death for 5 rounds.
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This is the only interesting fight left for GSP at the moment. I think he'll beat Diaz decisively but hopefully due to Diaz's aggressive fighting style we'll see GSP stop him.

I just hope Diaz doesn't talk a big game and choke when they step into the Octagon. Not interested in seeing another fighter scared to square off with GSP just to be jabbed to death for 5 rounds.
This is Nick Diaz bro. If georgey boy wants to stand and trade with Diaz (which he obviously wants to avoid) he's going to get lit up like a Christmas tree.
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ladies and gentlemen your Tuf 14 coaches....

the only reason why this fight is waiting till december
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I can't see Nick wanting to coach on TUF. He hates speaking in front of a camera.
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Diaz' notorious forward aggressiveness and willingness to take punishment could become quite ugly for St. Pierre. But then again, St. Pierre knows what to expect and his masterhood in gameplaning play in his favor.
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Why would they just have GSP coaching TUF 2 of the past 3 seasons?

With all of the primetimes and stuff, people are eventually going to get sick of him.
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Indeed, I know Diaz likes to bring a fight against anyone. GSP however, has a knack of taking the "fight" out of fighters.

Kos, Hardy, Alves, Fitch, Penn, Shields, all tough competition and aggressive fighters in their own right. All looked scared to engage with GSP and when they did he either nullified their attack or routed them in some way. He's too well rounded, too technical for Diaz I think.

Unfortunately this is the only fight fans want to see other than Silva which most likely won't happen.
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You want to know why he can enjoy never going beyond his gameplan? Because his opponents are so one-dimensional it’s not even funny. Dan Hardy is 1D and he’s not even great at striking. Josh Koscheck has wrestling with just the added bonus of a right hand used to shut the lights off of overmatched opponents. GSP took both away and made Josh’s eye purple and swollen.

Jake Shields is one-dimensional and pretty much quit going for the takedown after the 4th or 5th stuffed attempt. As a result, three decisions.

Anderson Silva fought Patrick Cote, who can’t compete with him at any level and the fight sucked. He got Thales Leites, another one-dimensional fighter who refused to engage standing up. Demian Maia? Pretty much the same thing. Those fights were deemed not too good.

Does Nick Diaz have a chance of beating Georges St. Pierre? I'd say so. He could be the first fighter in forever to make GSP work. He’s a fearless son of a bitch with really solid skills in more than just one aspect of MMA, the same can’t be said for Hardy, Koscheck, and Shields.
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