The saga surrounding the immediate future of UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre took another turn this week when Dana White revealed he’d spoken to GSP and gotten a different message than the one relayed by St-Pierre’s chief trainer, Firas Zahabi. Zahabi recently went on record implying St-Pierre was going to focus on a super-fight with Anderson Silva, though, according to White, the fan-favorite has designs on settling a personal score with Nick Diaz rather than changing weight-classes.
“Georges St-Pierre went on vacation. When he came back, we were talking about Anderson Silva. He said, ‘I want Nick Diaz. Me and Nick Diaz have unfinished business. That’s the fight I want now,’” explained White to media members at the UFC on FOX 5 pre-event presser.
MMAJunkie was on hand and able to capture the conversation.
While White has pushed for putting St-Pierre up against Silva in recent months, the UFC President admitted he had no problem promoting the fight the popular French-Canadian prefers.
“Georges St-Pierre has been a phenomenal champion, a phenomenal human being and just a great guy to work with for us. He doesn’t ask for things. If he wants Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz wants to fight him, that’s probably the fight we’ll make,” said White on the matter.
White also added the company was already targeting a date for the tilt but wouldn’t go into detail.
The rivalry between St-Pierre and Diaz dates back to last year when the two were supposed to face off shortly after the latter had come into the UFC as Strikeforce champion. However, Diaz ended up skipping out on two press conferences and being replaced by Carlos Condit (though the two didn’t fight after GSP suffered a minor knee injury). After going on to beat B.J. Penn, Diaz was then slated for a showdown with St-Pierre in February 2012 after calling “Rush” out publicly, though the fight fell apart as the result of GSP tearing his ACL. Diaz went on to collide with Condit, losing a controversial decision, and has been out of action ever since due to a drug-related suspension.
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