Georges St-Pierre talked with Joe Rogan on his MMA podcast this week, and discussed that while he wouldn’t want a fight with Nate Diaz, he is interested in Khabib Nurmagomedov.
St-Pierre admitted to Rogan that he was offered a fight with Diaz, but both fighters have little interest in standing across from one another inside the Octagon.“They said it was a done deal,” St-Pierre said. “It wasn’t a done deal. Not on my part. I don’t think it was on Nate Diaz’s part, as well. He says it’s not his fight; it’s his brother’s fight.”
The fight was rumored to be for UFC 227 this August in Los Angeles, but the younger Diaz has beef with GSP for the latter’s fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 158, where both Diaz’ claim that Nick was poisoned via IV and the Canadian star was allowed to fight overweight. “I think (Nick Diaz) has a problem of (conspiracies).” He later mocked the scenario set forth by the onetime welterweight title challenger.
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Aliens and Gamma rays aside, St-Pierre doesn’t think Diaz is a bad fighter, but sees not much upside in a matchup between the two.
“Nate Diaz is an incredible fighter, very well rounded,” St-Pierre said. “If you put yourself in my shoes there’s nothing good that can come out of it except for money, and money isn’t the only thing that drives me. If I beat Nate Diaz decisively, most people will say, ‘He took an easy fight.’”
“The (critics) will say, ‘He’s a bully. He fought a smaller guy that competes at a smaller (division)… A lot of (lightweight) guys are bigger than me right now. He’s about the same size as me, but because I compete at 170 for most of my career, it will make me look bad. It will make me look like a bully. And this is if I win decisively.”
“If I win decisively, and it’s a war back and forth, people will say, ‘Ah, he sucks.’ If I get beat? Oh my God, forget it. For my legacy it’s the end of the work I put in. It’s finished. And I could have a bad day.”
If St-Pierre was going to take a fight, he’d be going down in weight to face lightweight champion Nurmagomedov.
“I want to do something that … at 155, I never did it before,” St-Pierre said. “The title, or beating a certain guy that’s on the rise. It could be Khabib (Nurmagomedov), (or) if there’s another guy that is unbeatable.
“If I come back like, ‘Georges is never going to beat him.’ You say never, I’m going to love it. When Dana said I would never come back, it excited me. If it’s never been done before, and it means if I do it, that will excite me. There’s a lot of things that turn me on in life. It’s women, dinosaurs and this. That really makes me go crazy.”
Quotes Via: MMA Junkie