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Dana White: GSP vs. Nick Diaz targeted for March 2013, but “deal is not done” yet | UFC News

The highly anticipated bout between current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) and contender Nick Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is all but finalized according to sources close to the UFC.

“Georges St-Pierre has been a phenomenal champion, just a great guy to deal with for us,” stated UFC president Dana White last week. “He doesn’t ask for things. So if he wants to fight Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz wants to fight him, then that’s probably the fight we’ll make.”

Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, confirmed that the fight has been offered to Diaz, however, he said Diaz has yet to sign the contract. He was hoping to get that done either today or tomorrow. As far as Gracie is concerned, signing the contract appears to be a formality.

GSP and Diaz were originally scheduled to fight in October of 2011 at UFC 137, but Diaz failed to show-up for a pair of promotional appearances and was subsequently pulled off the card. However, in an odd twist, he was later placed back on the card against B.J. Penn after St. Pierre was forced to withdraw from the event with a knee injury.

GSP vs. Diaz was then planned to take place at UFC 143, but once again “Rush” was forced off the card, which allowed Carlos Condit to step in and defeat Diaz in a hotly-contested decision win and in doing so claim the UFC interim welterweight title. Diaz then tested positive for marijuana metabolites in a post-fight drug test, resulting in him being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission through February 2013.

The GSP vs. Diaz fight is being targeted for March of 2013 in St. Pierre’s backyard of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dana White also recently announced that a rematch between welterweights Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit will take place at the same event in Montreal, which is expected to serve as UFC 158.

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11 Comments to Dana White: GSP vs. Nick Diaz targeted for March 2013, but “deal is not done” yet | UFC News

  1. KOSHCHEKS BLEACHED TAINT says:

    Weak. Talk about pandering to the lowest common denominator. Diaz fans will have to look that comment up. WE WANT HENDRICKS!

    • Jonathan says:

      I’m a Diaz fan, and I do understand every word you could possibly say to me, although I couldn’t say the same about yourself judging by your misuse of “lowest common denominator.”

  2. KOSHCHEKS BLEACHED TAINT says:

    I take that back. Diaz obviously will make more PPV dollars then Hendrick’s. More then that it will be nice to see cry baby punk Diaz finally get his ass handed to him. Can’t wait.

  3. KOSHCHEKS BLEACHED TAINT says:

    Great fight. Swanson by KO.

  4. BigDaddy says:

    ^^^^^ hey dipshit! Hendricks ko’ed a glass jaw kampman. I’ll give him the ko for Fitch cause I hate his boring ass but he couldn’t finish koschek. Hendricks needs more fights before he starts demanding title shots.

  5. DC says:

    GSP vs Diaz might make for a pretty good fight assuming of course Nick can even make it to the fight without getting high and testing positive again.

  6. Dragon84 says:

    Three words……Crock of sh*t!

  7. DC says:

    Truth is I don’t see Diaz winning the fight, short of a lucky well placed punch. He is going to loose. He just is not in the same league as GSP.

  8. GFK36 says:

    Why does Diaz get a title shot?!?! I like Diaz as a fighter but he’s coming off of a loss and a suspension.

    What ever happened to fighting your way to a title shot??? Now, its just what ever fight makes Dana and the UFC more money?

    While we’re on the topic… Chael getting a shot at Jones is ridiculous! He’s coming off a loss in a lighter weight class and he hasnt fought in the division in more than 5 years…

    UFC needs to stop handing out title shots to fighters and MAKE THEM EARN IT!!!

  9. confucius says:

    the world of MMA & UFC is changing. no longer about earning your way up, its about how much more money the UFC can make. As if they need any more money as is.

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