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It’s on like Donkey Kong: GSP vs. Diaz at UFC 137

So much for business as usual. The Baldfather himself has just confirmed via twitter  that the only welterweight title fight most fans give two shits about is going to happen. Nick Diaz’s pot-fueled insanity and GSP’s icy-cold Canadian gameplanning will collide in the Octagon at UFC 137 in Las Vegas. It’s a win/win/win situation, really: fans get a 170lb title fight that’s basically guaranteed to be entertaining, Nick Diaz gets a shitload of cash to spend on bongs and mountain bikes, and GSP gets to put off fighting Anderson Silva for another few months (if not indefinitely).

Here’s hoping Nick has refined his drug-test cheating methods as much as he’s refined his boxing and Keith Kizer doesn’t decide to suddenly bring back the random pre-fight testing scheme that the NSAC tried to implement back in 2009. Weed-related anxieties aside, it’s going to be damn interesting to see how GSP responds to a guy whose trash-talking makes BJ Penn seem like a reasonable dude and how Nick Diaz responds to an opponent that can wrestle like a motherfucker. 

UPDATED: Ariel Helwani has some details from Cesar Gracie on how the fight got made. The most interesting tidbit: Nick Diaz has a “multi-fight, multi-year contract” with the UFC, but can still fight in Strikeforce if he wants to. Check the rest of it out here. 

  • FiveBoltMain

    road trip!!

  • scissors61

    I was considering that myself. Hopefully they stack the rest of the card up and make this a true mega-event. 

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Here’s hoping it’s not a humpfest!  If GSP is willing to – oh who am I kidding?

    I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how Nick handles it.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    didn’t Dana say this fight wasn’t happening or was that just the two of them coaching TUF?

    Either way, I’m happy. And with the news that Fitch will wait a year to fight who he wants to fight, I’m even happier.

  • scissors61

    I can’t wait to see Fitch’s reaction to this. For some reason, Fitch getting shafted always amuses me. I don’t know if it’s because he can’t finish a sandwich or because he’s vegan, but I love it when he gets shit on. 

  • agentsmith

    ^ The funniest part is that he seems to think the WW division should be on hold until he’s done rehabbing his shoulder.

    So now we get to see how GSP handles an awesome striker/grappler who comes right at him, and how Diaz handles a top-controller.  This has always been my greatest fear about this matchup: the most obvious way for GSP to win is to take Diaz down and GnP/grind out yet another decision and make us all pissed off at him again.

  • scissors61

    Yeah, it’s almost sad the way he tries to get people to give a fuck about him. Even BJ Penn, who bears grudges against guys he’s lost/drawn to for years (see TUF Season 5) doesn’t appear to give too much of a fuck whether he fights Fitch again or not. Some people might chalk that up to BJ thinking he’d lose a second fight against Fitch (which is probably part of it), but I think that most fighters are as bored by the prospect of taking on Jon Fitch these days as fans are by the prospect of watching it on television. 

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  • GoldenArms

    fuck gsp, he’ll make this a boring fight. he’s a scared pussy

  • glassjawsh

    ^ i hate you so hard golden arms, now i feel like a filthy butthole prostitute for agreeing with you. lay and gay for 25 minutes followed by ANOTHER lame apology. I’ll still lap it up though (like the aforementioned filthy butthole prostitute)

  • scissors61

    O ye of little faith. I can’t stand Diaz, but I think he’s got the mindset and the skills to make this interesting. 

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Guys like Fitch treat it like the Ultimate Self Defense Championship or the Adequate Fighting Championship and wonder why the UFC doesn’t want to base their business model on them.

  • 32hunter

    Holy crap I feel like I’ve been continuously orgazming since I heard about this.
    Best day evar!!!!

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    reading goodcshoes posts is more entertaining than watching Fitch.

    I’m sure Dana and co. don’t really give a shit when Fitch fights next, it won’t be fucking marketable, move his ass to the undercard.

  • bosswell

    scissors61, Your post about Fitch is the best goddamn thing I’ve seen this week.
    I’m really interested to see if Diaz can handle the raw power of GSP with his funk. If he can, this is gonna be one helluva fight, but I’m scared its gonna be more humping.

  • Reverend Clint

    GSP Via non penetration

  • iamphoenix

    pics or GTFO

  • kvelertak

    If Diaz had been in the cage over Jake Shields he could have easily won.

    1. GSP can’t hit like Daley, that’s for sure.
    2. GSP can’t outstrike Diaz, that’s for sure.

    GSP can only LayNPray and that puts him up for submissions.

    I think this is Diaz’ fight to lose. He’ll make GSP work for it like no other contender has.

  • Reverend Clint

    a truly great laynpray artist like gsp doesnt get subbed. the last time he was subbed was back in 2004 and that was before he became Georges St Scarried Pants. And its not like GSP hasnt fought guys with very good submission skills like BJ Penn, Jake Shields, Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk. Whens the last time Nick Diaz ever subbed a decent fighter? Sakurai whos on a 4 fight losing streak? Scott Smith? Cyborg? Josh Neer? Never?

  • gPie3

    “U wanted it” Who is this “U” and why didn’t they want Silva? Damn you “U”!

  • Billytk

    wow I can’t believe how overrated Diaz is the guy has only beat cans for year and even lost to a LW, now people actually believe he has a chance to beat the #1 P4P fighter in the world when honestly he’s not even a top 5 or 10 WW in the UFC lol

  • CAP


    At least they did the right thing. But the flood gates have to open. How can you let one champ cross over and not the others. If Reem is the HW Grand Prix winner he will be the next fighter the fans demand comes over, as we should. So it begins!

  • Casino


    Diaz has a different fighting style to that of GSPs recent opponents so may present him with some new problems.

    Diaz is hard to finish – GSP is unlikely to KO/TKO him – Diaz took some very heavy shots from Daley and kept going.

    There’s no other match-up at 170lbs for GSP that is interesting.


    Diaz hasn’t fought top calibre fighters recently.

    Diaz struggles against wrestlers – GSP is one of the best MMA wrestlers in the world.

    GSP will likely take a very easy decision victory won by takedowns and control on the ground. This is reflected in the WillHill odds of 1/6 on GSP.

  • subo

    Diaz is going to get fucking destroyed.

  • kvelertak

    If Diaz wins Subo can’t post here for a year.
    If GSP wins I won’t post here for a year.

    Man up!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    BillyTK: and even lost to a LW

    I know, man!  Can you even conceive of the kind of loser champ that would lose to someone in a lower weight class!??  Fucking bitch probably tapped to strikes too!

    I keed, I’m a fan of both guys and can’t wait to see this go down.

  • mamoru

    This fight is on some Royce Gracie vs Matt Hughes type mismatch shit.

    Next they should buy the TPF and have GSP fight fucking John Alessio.
    He’s the champ, after all.