It appears UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre will defend his divisional title for the second straight time in front of a hometown crowd, as the world’s foremost MMA organization is looking to schedule his eagerly anticipated outing against Nick Diaz on March 16 at UFC 158 in Montreal. Though not officially scheduled, UFC President Dana White and Diaz’s manager/coach, Cesar Gracie, have both confirmed Diaz have been offered the bout and a signature is expected in the coming days.
MMAFighting was first to update fans on the development.
If booked, the match-up will mark the third time the UFC has attempted to have Diaz and St-Pierre face off. Their first fight fell apart after Diaz missed a pair of press conferences, while a severe knee injury to St-Pierre caused the second scrap’s cancellation.
Though not necessarily a deserving contender, Diaz’s personal attacks on St-Pierre and occasionally disrespectful demeanor have earned him a crack at one of MMA’s most popular champions. He will enter the affair with a 26-8 record including past success against Frank Shamrock, Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley, and B.J. Penn. The 29-year old will also have a bit of ring rust to shake off, sitting out since early February due to a failed drug test for marijuana use.
The 23-2 St-Pierre’s last stop in Montreal came a little more than a month ago at UFC 154 where he defeated Carlos Condit after a lengthy injury-induced layoff. The win was his tenth straight and seventh consecutive defense of his belt.
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