UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is seen by most fans as one of the top five fighters at 170 pounds, possessing an overall record of 28-6 and wins in eleven of his last twelve tilts. However, to champion Georges St-Pierre, Diaz is just one more in a long line of challengers who have boasted about being better leading up to a bout only to look second rate come showtime.
In St-Pierre’s opinion, the difference between his skill-set and Diaz’s will be evident within the first five minutes of their March 16 match-up at UFC 158. And, regardless of how long their fight goes, he’ll be the one dictating the pace rather than the controversial Californian.
“After the first round Nick Diaz will know that he’s gonna have a bad night and I’m a better fighter than he is,” said St-Pierre in an interview with the UFC. “When I want the fight to go somewhere I’m taking the fight where I want it to be.”
“I believe I’m more athletic than him, I have more tools, and that’s why I’m gonna win the fight,” he continued. “He’s very good with his hands. He’s a great boxer, one of the best in Mixed Martial Arts. But I’m training with better boxers than him and guys who I believe are better in that regard.”
As talented as Diaz is, it’s hard to dismiss GSP’s confidence. The 23-2 St-Pierre has had his hand raised ten straight times including wins over Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, B.J. Penn, Jake Shields, and most recently Carlos Condit.
The full interview with St-Pierre can be seen below:
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