People who thought the fight between UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and controversial contender Nick Diaz ended a little less than two weeks ago when GSP had his hand raised at UFC 158 were apparently wrong. Though that specific scrap may indeed be over, Diaz’s lawyer is filing two complaints relating to the tilt with both aimed at the way Quebec’s athletic commission handled the event.
According to a statement sent out to media members, Diaz feels St-Pierre was given an unfair advantage based on a recently revealed rule allowing discretion on decimal points at weigh-ins even in the case of a title-bout. In standard match-ups, a one-pound allowance is made, while championship clashes require each athlete to be exactly on or below the attached division’s weight. However, in Quebec, fractional pounds are not taken into account, meaning St-Pierre could have been at 170.9 pounds and given the green light.
“There is no question what ‘170 pounds’ means, in the bout agreement, as a matter of contractual interpretation,” explained Diaz’s legal representative. “The Quebec commission deliberately relaxed the rule in this case and, by its own admission, allowed their hometown fighter to ‘make weight’ even if he weighed more than the contracted weight.”
The other issue Diaz’s team raised involved the regulatory board’s “failure to supervise fighters’ provision of samples in connection with testing for Prohibited Substances.”
Ultimately, it appears Diaz’s desire is for a rematch with St-Pierre at 170 pounds on the dot and with proper testing procedures in place. Or, if the French-Canadian fan-favorite isn’t interested in additional action, Diaz’s camp feels another avenue is also out there as an option.
“Mr. St-Pierre remains legally and ethically obligated to fight Mr. Diaz at 170 pounds or else vacate the belt in favor of those prepared to fight at welterweight,” concluded Diaz’s lawyer.
Diaz’s complaints will be filed in Quebec and also voiced to UFC brass at some point in the future.
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