Georges St-Pierre has never been what an MMA blogger would call a good sound bite. GSP usually plays a cool hand and generally offers the same cliché sports quotes from fight to fight. However, if one were to read his comments to the Canadian press about Diaz closely, it would appear to me that GSP is ready to make an example out of Diaz. All of Diaz’s negative comments about the UFC welterweight champion haven’t fallen on deaf ears.
“I’m excited, because it’s been a long time he’s been talking about me, saying like he’s the best, he was saying I was avoiding him and stuff. But I never avoid anybody. Now it’s time to walk the walk. It’s going to be a good fight. For me, I don’t care about the other title. The title that means the most to me is UFC. It’s the most prestigious one. The UFC is (like) the NFL of football, the Stanley Cup of hockey. That’s the one that everyone’s wants to have. I know Diaz, the way he is. He’s the kind of guy I’m happy to fight. I like fighting guys who are not easy like this, that have a kind of warrior spirit. I don’t know him as a person but he’s a very exciting guy to watch. I’m happy to fight him. He’s going to bring the best out of me, because he’s always putting on a good fight, going forward. It’s going to be a good fight for me.”
If you expected GSP to be intimidated by Diaz’s record or his awkward style of fighting you would be mistaken. GSP appears to be up for the challenge and won’t be taking Diaz lightly. It also appears that the Strikeforce welterweight championship isn’t on the line. Quite frankly I would be surprised if the title wasn’t dropped altogether at this point.
While Diaz has been silent over the last 48 hours since the signing, he certainly wasn’t shy in lobbying to fight Georges St-Pierre in recent weeks. Diaz told Ground and Pound TV1 last month, “I didn’t know if they’d be talking about that or what, but you should let me get in there with that guy (GSP), you know? They had him in there with my partner and look what happened to him. What do you think’s going to happen if they put him in there with me?”
Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie (who has never been exactly media shy) is also making the media rounds and commenting on the fight and isn’t exactly doing his client any favors.
If that is Diaz’s game plan, it is going to be a very long night for the Strikeforce welterweight champion. GSP has defeated two of the best BJJ fighters in the game, BJ Penn and Jake Shields during his current UFC title reign. GSP destroyed Penn on the ground and handled himself well against Shields although it is hard to judge GSP’s performance based on the fact that he couldn’t see out of one eye for most of the fight. GSP is certainly not going to be intimidated by Diaz’s jiu-jitsu and would probably look forward to going to the ground with his rival.
Let the war of words begin!
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