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Georges St-Pierre considered Nate Diaz bout, but decided “it’s not worth it”

Postby Robert223 » May 24. 2018, 02:11

Georges St-Pierre says, simply put, he isn’t interested in fighting Nate Diaz.

Georges St-Pierre was open to fighting Nate Diaz (in a fight UFC president Dana White said he was targeting), but instead the welterweight legend has decided there simply isn’t enough positive reasons for him to do so.

Earlier this year, White had appeared on the UFC Unfiltered podcast to say he and the promotion were attempting to put together St-Pierre vs. Diaz for the upcoming UFC 227 event in August.

For St-Pierre, while it was a contest that was presented to him, after a period of analysing the situation — and in particular how the public could judge him should he defeat or lose to Diaz.

“Nate Diaz is an incredible fighter, very well rounded,” St-Pierre said, speaking on Joe Rogan’s MMA podcast (transcribed by Damon Martin at MMANytt). “However, if you put yourself in my shoes, there is nothing good that can come out of it except money. And money is not the only thing that drive me.“

“If I beat Nate Diaz decisively, most people will say, ‘Oh, he took an easy fight. Oh, he’s a bully.' He’s a big guy. He’s about the same size as me, but because I compete at 170-pounds for most of my career, it will make me look bad. It will make me look like a bully.“

“That’s if I win decisively. If I win, not decisively, it’s a war back and forth, ‘ahh, he sucks.' And if I get beat, oh my god, forget it. It’s the end of the world.”

So while it could well have been a big fight for the UFC, especially with Diaz having been out of the cage since UFC 202 in 2016, it seems fans will have to go without.

“I considered it,” St-Pierre said. “However, I analyze it, I talk with [Coach] Firas [Zahabi], with my trainer and everybody, we’re all on the same page on that. It’s not worth it.” ... nate-diaz/

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Re: Georges St-Pierre considered Nate Diaz bout, but decided “it’s not worth it”

Postby ikor » May 24. 2018, 03:00

Finally someone said stop to this fight...

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Re: Georges St-Pierre considered Nate Diaz bout, but decided “it’s not worth it”

Postby Aloha » May 24. 2018, 05:02
GSP wants Khabib Nurmagomedov or Conor McGregor, not Nate Diaz
Georges St-Pierre has no interest in a proposed lightweight fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, despite the UFC's efforts to book the matchup.
Depending on how things play out, however, the longtime welterweight may have interest in a lightweight title fight... 

...(some parts kipped to avoid repetition of OP)...
A fight that would interest St-Pierre, however, is the winner of a potential lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. That fight is not booked, but is a strong possibility later this year.
Nurmagomedov (26-0) claimed the 155-pound title at UFC 223 last month (and actually called out St-Pierre afterward). McGregor (21-3), a former two-weight champion, hasn't fought in MMA since November 2016. He is also currently facing legal issues in Brooklyn for attacking a UFC bus last month.
White told ESPN he is scheduled to meet with McGregor later this week in Liverpool, England.
A championship bout between those two would be the UFC's biggest fight in 2018, and St-Pierre is confident he could make 155 pounds for a potential date with the winner.
"For me, that is a much better fight," St-Pierre said. "It's a much tougher fight. It's more of a win-win situation.
"If I was driven by money, I would take the Nate Diaz fight. But I'm not obsessed with money. Of course, that would make money because he is a big name. But even though I believe I am a very bad matchup for him -- right now, that's the easiest fight I can take -- I want to fight for legacy."

St-Pierre, 37, returned from a four-year layoff to win the UFC's middleweight championship against Michael Bisping in November. He vacated the title the following month after being diagnosed with the digestive disorder colitis.
St-Pierre says he's still dealing with the effects of that and is not yet ready to start a training camp. If the UFC booked Nurmagomedov against McGregor, that would provide plenty of time to possibly face the winner.
"Khabib called me out after his last fight and he's an amazing fighter, but I just feel like if I stepped in right now, it would be damageable to my health," St-Pierre said. "The 155-pound division has a lot of contenders that deserve a title shot. I have health issues to take care of first.
"If I was successful [in winning the lightweight title], I would be the only athlete in the sport to win three titles. It's never been done before. Legacywise, it would be huge. Moneywise, it would be huge as well. It would be much more advantageous than fighting Nate Diaz."

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