Dana White: Georges St. Pierre Wants To Fight Nick Diaz
Anderson Silva and Johny Hendricks will have to wait, Georges St. Pierre has asked for a fight with Nick Diaz. UFC President Dana White made the announcement at the press conference for the UFC on FOX 5.
“Georges St-Pierre went on vacation,” White said. “When he came back, we were talking about Anderson Silva. He said, ‘I want Nick Diaz. Me and Nick Diaz have unfinished business. We were supposed to fight. That’s the fight I want now.’ Georges St-Pierre has been a phenomenal champion, a phenomenal human being and just a great guy to work with for us. He doesn’t ask for things. If he wants to fight Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz wants to fight him, that’s probably the fight we’ll make.”
Diaz is coming off a controversial decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, and he’s currently serving a suspension for having marijuana in his system at the post-fight screening. It’s hard to imagine why Diaz would be given a title shot given those circumstances, and Johny Hendricks supporters are crying foul.
“Listen, Johny Hendricks has got some great fights,” White said. “When you talk about winning in spectacular fashion, this guy hits people so hard he skids across the octagon. But he’s in no position to demand anything. Georges St-Pierre is the champ, has been forever, and if that’s the fight he wants, then that’s probably the fight we’re going to give him if Diaz accepts it.”
Hendricks immediately took to Twitter to argue the decision.
“I don’t really know what to say but please @danawhite give me a shot,” Hendricks wrote. “@GeorgesStPierre if u want a fight I will give him anything he can take.”
It’s hard to argue with Hendricks when you consider the impressive run he’s been on in the last two years. “Big Rig” has beaten Mike Pierce, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Martin Kampmann. Hendricks has ended two of those fights with vicious knockouts.
This announcement also ends the potential of a GSP vs. Anderson Silva superfight, and now “The Spider” will have to move on and find a new opponent. Silva has said repeatedly in recent months that he wanted to fight GSP, so don’t be surprised if he takes that prolonged break he’s been talking about.