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.