A lot of emphasis was put on who GSP’s next opponent would be, even before he stepped into the cage to face former interim champion Carlos Condit. Many were hoping for GSP to face long time UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his next bout, but now that looks unlikely. While still under suspension for a failed drug test, Nick Diaz looks to be St-Pierre’s next fight. Why is the welterweight champ going to face Nick Diaz, coming off a loss? Well, it is because he asked for it.
“When he (GSP) 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.'”
It is a bit unusual for a champion to pick his opponents, but it was an easy decision for Dana White to let GSP make the call. For him, Diaz is the type of opponent that wakes him up in the morning, motivated to train. The type of opponent that he will do what it takes to put him away or send to the hospital. Now all Diaz has to do is accept the bout.
“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.”
Of course, this leave Johny Hendricks to wait for his title shot, and that may take a while if GSP takes on Anderson Silva after this bout. White says that Hendricks has nothing to complain about since he is in no position to demand anything. While he is an impressive fighter and a finisher, he has not earned the respect that St-Pierre commands. Beyond that, Hendricks will get his title shot, and that is something that White has promised. He just cannot say when it will happen.