UFC welterweight Nick Diaz excels in a lot of areas. He’s got some of MMA’s best boxing, has a polished ground game, and is as durable as fighters come. He’s also excellent when it comes to luring opponents in with trash to impose his attack rather let his foes fall back on their own gameplan.
Though Diaz has offered plenty of harsh words towards champion Georges St-Pierre and is certain to do so on Saturday night when the two face off at UFC 158, one of GSP’s chief trainers doesn’t see his superstar student falling into the controversial Californian’s trap.
“Even if he gets mad, he’ll be able to control it and keep his business his business. He’s incredibly smart, like off-the-charts smart. I think he’s going to be much too smart to fall for that,” said Jackson during a recent interview with Sherdog Radio, mentioning St-Pierre’s state of mind leading up to this weekend would be a bit different but not necessarily in a bad way. “Up to the fight, I’m sure Georges will be emotionally invested in it. I wouldn’t want to see Georges upset. I’ll put it that way. He’s a son of a gun even when he’s calm and rational.”
“I’ve worked with that guy for years, and if you got him really upset and he stays focused, that would be a very dangerous individual,” he concluded.
One of Jackson’s other pupils, Carlos Condit, was able to avoid Diaz’s baiting throughout their 2012 tilt and ended up scoring a decision win. With Jackson’s latest assessment, it appears more of the same could be store for fans in Montreal once the cage door closes.
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