It’s no secret UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre excels at putting opponents on the mat to pummel them with strikes or advance position while seeking submissions. The 31-year old’s approach to winning has proven to be troublesome to all he’s faced and, as most pundits would agree, will probably play a major role in his rumble with Nick Diaz at UFC 158.
As it turns out, Diaz doesn’t appear to be dismissing the likelihood of ending up on his back at one if not many points in their March 16 match-up. Though fans won’t necessarily hear the Stockton scrapper admit it, teammate/friend Gilbert Melendez confirmed their camp’s focus on being ready to fend off GSP from above.
To help get Diaz ready, Melendez told MiddleEasy they have a plan in place involving Jake Shields.
“I’m sure if we get those two boys together, have Jake Shields on top of Nick Diaz all day and we work from there, I think we’re gonna have a really great chance,” said Melendez, shining a little light on the Graciefighter’s strategy.
Shields, a former Strikeforce champion, is a submission-specialist by trade, compiling ten tap-outs in his 27 victories with a number of notable wins to his credit like those over larger foes like Yushin Okami and Dan Henderson.
Melendez also responded to St-Pierre’s statements on lightweight champion Benson Henderson having provided a blueprint for beating the Diaz brothers when he dismantled Nate Diaz in a December title-defense, dismissing the French-Canadian’s comments as little more than a lame attempt at talking trash.
“I think he’s barking up the wrong tree there is all I gotta say,” added Melendez. “Everyone is a different fighter.”
Diaz holds an overall record of 26-8 including eight wins by way of submission, many of which involved a technique from the bottom of a grappling exchange. He has won eleven of his last twelve tilts with the only stumble involving a controversial decision defeat to Carlos Condit in his last outing.
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