The predictions for Saturday’s UFC 158’s welterweight championship fight between title-holder Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz are starting to rain in.
Unsurprisingly, Frankie Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion and current flyweight contender, told “Showdown” Joe Ferraro of Sportsnet that Pierre’s advantage in the wrestling and takedown departments will be the difference maker in the much-anticipated showdown.
“I think they both come in with strong cardio, Georges is the superior athlete,” Edgar said. “I think Nick would want to try and pressure him on his feet as much as he can, try to avoid takedowns, but I think – Georges, no one does it better than him on taking people down and he’s got some of the best ground-and-pound too and you will see a lot of that utilized in this fight to get the win.”
It was also reported that Edgar and Pierre have trained together in the past and share a lot of the same coaches. “The Answer” is a known torch bearer for wrestling, a four-time national qualifier at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an assistant coach at Rutgers University.
Pierre enters Saturday with a 23-7 record. The last time the decorated fighter lost was in August of 2007 to Matt Serra. The 29-year-old Diaz is 26-8 and is coming off his first loss in 12 fights when Carlos Condit defeated Diaz via unanimous decision in February of 2012.