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Georges St. Pierre Will Face Nick Diaz Next; Johny Hendricks Not Too Pleased About It

(Highly advanced photo-simulation via CagedInsider. We’re living in the future, people.)

Despite Johny Hendricks seemingly clinching his position as the UFC’s #1 welterweight contender with his recent knockout of Martin Kampmann, Georges St. Pierre will next defend his title against a guy coming off a loss and a year-long suspension — and the champion actually wants it that way. Ariel Helwani was first to break news (via twitter) that GSP’s next opponent will be Nick Diaz, on word from Dana White himself:

Dana just said GSP told him I want Nick Diaz. Dana said that’s probably the fight we’ll make. Dana said that GSP doesn’t ask for much, so he feels like he has to do it. Silva and Hendricks will have to wait.

Diaz’s last Octagon appearance resulted in a somewhat controversial decision loss to Carlos Condit during their interim welterweight title fight in February. Afterwards, Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites in a post-fight drug test, and caught a year-long time-out. Diaz has been on the sidelines ever since, waiting, planning, talking mad shit. And now his big opportunity has arrived again, which he hopefully won’t blow this time. Meanwhile another contender has spent the last 12 months actually fighting people and winning — LOL, what a sucker! — beating three of the UFC’s toughest welterweight contenders in the process.

As you can imagine, Hendricks isn’t too happy with all of this. Bigg Rigg immediately went on twitter to plead his case for the GSP fight, and re-stated his intention to sit out until he gets his title shot. (For what it’s worth, Dana White agreed that Hendricks deserves the shot — but GSP’s wishes come first, it appears. Hendricks’s tweets also set off a brief back-and-forth between him and Jake Shields, but the less said about that the better.) Hendricks then did some venting on MMA Junkie Radio:

He’s trying to keep money from my kids. If I win that belt and take it from him, my life changes. He’s trying to not give me the fair shot. That’s crazy to me to think this guy is trying to control my future. That makes me want to win that much even more.

Here is a guy is trying to pull out a curveball saying, ‘We really don’t think we can win with this guy, but we think we can beat Nick Diaz.’ That’s what it sounds like to me.

I think I’m going to be fighting GSP in six months – April or May. I want GSP, and nothing else matters. Nobody else is in the equation in my mind. But hypothetically, as long as it takes (to get GSP is how long I’ll wait). You only get so many opportunities to fight at the top level and stay at the top level.

I can’t keep fighting and being the No. 1 contender for years. There has to be a time to take a stand, and I feel like now is that time.

And there you have it — one more top contender gets passed over by a UFC champion, and one more brash challenger gets a title shot despite coming off a loss. Has the world gone insane? Or is the GSP vs. Diaz matchup awesome enough to justify it?

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soul_of-a_lion- December 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm
First of all i like Hendricks i think he has a lot of potential and has the skill set to become a champion one day. With that said, i also believe he lost against kos, and i dont see him beating gsp. He has a punchers chance but an honest shot, nope, sorry dont see it. To fully legitimize Hendricks as a top contender id like to see him against a "smart fighter" a true top contender someone like diaz,mcdonald or condit. I dont see Hendricks beating any one of these 3. Since Hendricks vs any of the above 3 are actually not possible at this time, then how about thiago alves or dan hardy ? sexy-yama is known to have a chin why not sexy-yama( did you see him against belcher @185?) ? ill even go as far and say that someone like brian ebersole or dong hyum kim will pose a problem for hendricks. If he was that confident in his skill set he wouldnt hold out for a pay day, he would take all comers wandi style. Just saying......
Nippletwist- December 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm
well everyone knows nicks not coming off a loss he's coming off a win, and hes on like a 12 fight win streak or some shit, and he got screwed out of his title shot twice already, and the last guy he beat just got a title shot. so nick is every bit as deserving as hendricks, i think it makes sense for nick to fight first because he shouldve really fought georges already.

Hendricks will be champ tho, he will KO st.pierre and probably outwrestle nick diaz to a decision the same way bendo did to nate.
TheRealMcCoy165- December 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm
I'm still trying to figure out why Jake Shields thinks he has any room to tell Hendricks to "Quit Crying." Especially after shields was awarded an immediate title shot upon entering the organization, and flopped like a fucking guppy. Hendricks is the much better fighter, perhaps the true number 1 contender in the world at that weight class. He does deserve his title shot. Dana White is proving to the world how little respect he actually has for the martial artists in his organization. He's going to be worse than Don King when it's all said and done.
bonerjones- December 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm
What's next? GSP vs. Mayweather? The UFC will eventually be in the gutter, right next to boxing
smellypiratehooker- December 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm
@ Danomite
Wait, Koscheck is black?? I thought he was a Guido.
danomite- December 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm
@RWR- Carwin yes, but especially Koscheck though. That's why I call him bizarro koscheck. Kos is a 5'9" black wrestler with curly blonde hair who likes to throw his right hand and Hendricks is a 5'9" white wrestler with a curly black beard who likes to throw his left hand. Both seem to try a little too hard to KO their opponent with one big punch. Also, Hendricks seems for the most part to be not much of a trash talker while Kos is a huge shit talker.
guelph gym- December 9, 2012 at 1:40 am
kos is actually half white half black
d-mac- December 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm
well first off ...hendricks ...dude you basically lost to kos....and what a terrible fight that was ....the mma gods deemed you not worthy !!! and if i was you i wouldn't fight again either know you got lucky that's why your pissed ..all you want is the payoff being in the championship match ...whoever Hendricks fights next in the ufc he will lose ....i guarantee it
shatterproof- December 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm
Stoked, i've wanted this fight for years. Two of my favs, and Diaz has the tools to give George a fit... as long as George doesn' just take a page from the Conduit playbook and pick his shots from the outside.

Been sayin for years George's safest win here is staying on the outside and landing leg kicks, but i sure hope they spend a good amount of time on the ground. Diaz's jits vs George's strength.
WARBONG- December 7, 2012 at 11:28 am
America- FUK YEAH!
RwilsonR- December 7, 2012 at 10:59 am
@ danomite - he remains me of Shane Carwin's first handful of fights at HW. Lots of power, but not a lot of technique. Good wrestling, but prefers to use it to stay on his feet looking to throw that one bomb.
teep- December 7, 2012 at 9:58 am
I like Hendricks alright, but it is Diaz time!
MetalHeadT- December 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
Hendricks only has a punchers chance just like Koscheck, GSP is smart enough to avoid his power and ground and pound him for 5 rounds. Hendricks has nothing GSP hasn't seen countless times and has dominated. GSP had to fight the whole division Hendricks has passed up a ton of fighters.
danomite- December 7, 2012 at 9:17 am
If Bizarro Koscheck needs money to feed his kids so badly he should keep fighting instead of sitting out. He thinks he's good enough to beat GSP, so he should have no problem beating the rest of the welterweight division and taking home those win bonuses. He thinks fighting GSP would be the best thing for his career but it's probably the worst. He has almost no chance of winning. He can't take him down, he doesn't have the reach to overcome GSP's striking, he doesn't have much in the way of boxing skills. He really only has a powerful left hand (aka punchers chance). He's basically a left-handed koscheck(whom he barely beat) and we all saw what GSP did to the right-handed koscheck. If he fights GSP he'll get beat so badly he probably wont' get another shot until GSP leaves the division. If he sticks to fighting the other guys at Welterweight he can continue racking up win bonuses and the occasional KO bonus. Even though Diaz has done nothing to deserve a title shot, I still want to see it because I want to see him get smashed the way BJ Penn got smashed when he tried shit talking his way to a title shot.
The12ozCurls- December 7, 2012 at 8:41 am
Caption should have been:
*in a whisper* "Psssst Georges. Georges. After this staredown, could you show me how to use this blender?"
blaphtome- December 7, 2012 at 8:39 am
Johny if you're out there; "I get it GSP is afraid to get hit, always has been. I smash him or that scrub he wants to fight inside the 1st. He knows I'm dialed in right now and he's afraid to wind up like Kampmann or Fitch. Guy makes this big deal about being a "true shampion" and runs first time real danger comes his way. He knows he can take down Nick, and he's afraid of what's gonna happen when he can't put me on my back and blah blah etc " That's how you talk shit/self promote; you're sounding like a little girl right now. You got no brand homie and right or not the UFC is a business, and Diaz draws. You're country; fuck it get country-er, say "he's skeered cuz he's ain't from Murka" or what the fuck ever. Better get out there and shake your ass or you might stay on the sidelines longer than you think.
smellypiratehooker- December 7, 2012 at 8:36 am
Little conflicted about this fight. On one hand, I don't agree with champions picking their opponents while on the other hand, this is the fight that interests me more. Seeing a fired up GSP trounce a fighter disrespecting him is quite a sight(BJ Penn) and as Dana White stated, he has never seen St Pierre as angry with bloodlust as he is towards Diaz.

So with that in mind, I think I can overlook the rightful claim that Hendricks has to the belt this one time and sit back and enjoy the carnage.

P.S I also want to see Damien Maia vs Gunnar Nelson, in a totally off topic request
halfbreed23- December 7, 2012 at 8:29 am
Hendricks split decision "wins" vs Kos and Mike Pierce definitely should be rewarded with a shot at the belt. We should certainly not consider that loss to Rick Story either. Even though Rick Story has lost 3 of his last 4 he is a MMA p4p legend.
RwilsonR- December 7, 2012 at 8:03 am
I know Hendricks has the clearest claim to #1 contendership right now, but it isn't liked he's definitively cleaned out the division enough to sit on the sidelines and wait. In the last 2 years, he has had three knockout wins in 1:35 or less. Impressive power. However, maybe more illustrative is that he started with a UD loss two years ago, and has had two split-decision wins in between each of his KO victories. While I don't mean to diminish connecting with one punch and putting Fitch's lights out in 12 seconds, if he cant connect with that one shot he becomes much less impressive. That overall record isn't screaming divisional dominance the way GSP put a stamp on things during his title runs before and after his first fight with Matt Hughes. That being said, Nick Diaz is an undeserving douche.
HandsofGold- December 7, 2012 at 7:52 am
WIth all you keyboard warriors on here im scared to leave a post. (Hiding under a rock).........
Madson- December 7, 2012 at 7:48 am
What a big baby...since when UFC do things for the sport before the business. He was volonteer for this sport and this is the territory. No surprise. He's marketable enough...Anyway GSP will defile his legacy if he fights against him. Diaz is a real challenge even if Condit *defeated* him and even if he's a pothead.
UnloadMe- December 7, 2012 at 7:47 am
put hendricks up against condit.. see how that plays out.. at the same event as gsp vs diaz.. id watch that card... also if hendricks fights condit.. he would in fact be earning money for his kids.
angry little feet- December 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
YES! YES! YES! (Cartwheels off into the distance)
The12ozCurls- December 7, 2012 at 7:45 am
You are freaking "cray"
The12ozCurls- December 7, 2012 at 7:33 am
BTW - after reading Hendricks quotes ("He is trying to keep money from my kids.") - did anybody else imagine GSP in a ski mask with a gun demanding Johny to give him his wallet.
Just me huh? Damn!
blaphtome- December 7, 2012 at 8:07 am
"E cry like I take da wah-let from im"
baldbeard- December 7, 2012 at 7:30 am
Hendricks won't get anywhere trying to explain why he deserves his shot. Deserve doesn't have anything to do with title shots anymore. He'd be better off developing a personality disorder and talking shit into any microphone that's put in front of him. It's a better strategy for making money than winning fights.
The12ozCurls- December 7, 2012 at 7:29 am
Dana better book Hendricks on the undercard of the GSP vs. Diaz fight (or at least tell Johny to be on "stand-by") because chances are Nick is gonna go all crazy and end up getting booted from the card.
But on a different note - IF Diaz somehow remains semi-lucid and doesn't miss a press conference or doesn't throw a punch during a presser that he actually attends, GSP is going to turn his face into friggin' afterbirth if/when they fight.