Nick Diaz has thrown a few insults towards UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, since losing his initial shot at the title, due to his failure to appear at consecutive press conferences. GSP says he isn’t bothered by the Diaz’ comments towards him, and he plans to send the Stockton native a strong message when the two finally meet inside the Octagon.
“If they’re trying to get into my head and make me fight a bad fight, it’s just mind games and it doesn’t work,” GSP told QMI Agency in a recent interview. “I don’t even understand [or] speak English very well. I don’t understand most of the things that [Diaz] says when he trash-talks. I don’t really care. I’m just going to focus on hurting him.”
Without a question, Diaz will be GSP’s toughest challenger in a while, and the often misunderstood MMA fighter certainly has the skills needed to threaten the champ anywhere the fight goes. Diaz looked like a legit number one contender against MMA legend BJ Penn in his last outing, picking him apart in the second and third rounds of their UFC 137 encounter.
Fellow Greg Jackson student Carlos Condit was originally scheduled to face GSP, but the UFC decided to put him on hold. Condit will now get to face the winner of the GSP vs. Diaz matchup later on in 2012.
The fight between Diaz and GSP is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both are former champions, and it’s hard to see either man backing down in the fight.
GSP would be wise not to let Diaz get into his head, as a decision to deviate from his standard game plan could cost him the fight against the former Strikeforce welterweight champion. Diaz is clearly one of the best boxers in MMA and his chin has never failed him in the past.
With GSP scheduled to fight Diaz and Condit lurking around in the shadows, there is no question the UFC welterweight champion will be tested vigorously in 2012.