UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre’s personal feelings towards UFC 158 foe Nick Diaz are no secret, as the typically soft-spoken champion has labeled Diaz as disrespectful on numerous occasions and shown genuine excitement about finally getting his hands on the controversial challenger at tonight’s show. However, fans shouldn’t expect GSP to stray from his calm, collected approach to competition just because he doesn’t like Diaz.
St-Pierre spoke a little about his mentality entering the match-up, explaining that Diaz’s accusations of steroid use and general trash-talk haven’t gotten under his skin.
“It doesn’t bother me. I’m gonna win…I’m gonna beat him…that’s all,” said St-Pierre to Fuel TV after weighing in, later alluding to similar situations he’d dealt with in the past such as those against rivals Matt Serra, Matt Hughes, and Josh Koscheck. “It’s just another fight.”
While some have called for St-Pierre to punish Diaz over an extended period of time, “Rush” would rather prove his point by scoring a submission or knockout.
“I’m gonna try to finish him if I have an opportunity,” St-Pierre stated when asked about his preferred manner of victory.
In addition to putting an exclamation point on the win, a convincing ending favoring St-Pierre would also be a welcome sight to many and even more impressive considering his adversary’s reputation for toughness. Diaz has only been legitimately finished a single time in his career, suffering a TKO in the final fight of a single-night, three-round tournament more than a decade ago. Since then his only losses have involved a cut-based stoppage and six decisions.
The full interview with St-Pierre can be seen below:
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