Dana White has announced who’s next for Georges St Pierre, and it’s liable to shock and excite you: Nick Diaz! Barring injury or random stoner drama, of course…
“Georges St-Pierre went on vacation, but when he came back we were talking about Anderson Silva,” White said. “He said, ‘I want Nick Diaz. Me and Nick Diaz have unfinished business. We were supposed to fight. That’s the fight that I want.’
“So, Georges St-Pierre has been a phenomenal champion, just a great guy to deal with for us. He doesn’t ask for things. So if he wants to fight Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz wants to fight him, then that’s probably the fight we’ll make.”
“Georges has been off for a year,” White explained. “(Silva is) a tough fight for him to come back to. He asked personally for the (Diaz) fight.”
It ain’t Georges St Pierre vs Anderson Silva, but it’s kinda hard to be upset when you’re getting a fight as sweet as GSP vs Nick Diaz. Actually, I guess it isn’t that hard because a lot of people are bitching about how Johny Hendricks is being screwed out of that title shot the UFC never promised he was gonna get. Their reasoning? Johny’s 5 fight win streak versus Nick’s recent loss to Carlos Condit and subsequent drug suspension. It seems a bit unfair when looked at like that, but I’ve always thought the hyper-focus on streaks above all else was stupid – if you have two dudes duking it out for #1 contender status, why should the guy who loses drop to the back of the line? Doesn’t it make more sense that he’s de facto #2?
There are better title shots out there to wail and gripe about. That Chael Sonnen / Jon Jones shit? Weaksauce to the utmost degree. Liz Carmouche just got a historic first shot at the UFC women’s belt … not because she’s the best contender but because eh, she had the moxy to ask for it. But bitching about Nick Diaz getting a title shot seems like bitching for the sake of bitching. Sure, you can say the UFC is only choosing Nick over Johny because the Diaz fight is a guaranteed blockbuster, both at the gate and in the cage. But popularity and hype aside, he’s just as worthy of an opponent for Georges as Hendricks. So why be shocked that the UFC goes with Diaz first? Are you so locked into ‘streak protocol’ that you’re gonna look this gift horse in the mouth?
This is gonna be a shocker to people living in their little fandom bubbles, but it hasn’t exactly been a great year for the UFC. This Saturday’s UFC on FOX event is literally the first card that hasn’t largely fallen apart due to never-ending injuries, and PPV numbers / ratings reflect that fact. This is kind of an important time for the sport, what with FOX giving the UFC network exposure to see if America really is ready to add mixed martial arts to the mainstream sports collective. We need big fights to fuel that shit. And as cool as the Hendricks / GSP fight will be when it finally happens, it just doesn’t hold a candle to GSP / Diaz.