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When asked by the sunlight-fearing interviewer if a bout with Georges St-Pierre is on the horizon since his training partner Jake Shields lost to the UFC 170-pound kingpin over the weekend, the Strikeforce welterweight champ didn’t beat around the bush.
“I didn’t know if they’d be talking about [a fight between me and Georges] or what, but you should let me get in there with that guy, you know? They had him in there with my partner and look what happened. to him. What do you think’s gonna happen if they put him in there with me? I don’t know. I’d like to start gettin’ paid up here,” Nick says. “I’d like to get that fight or I’d like to make somethin’ happen here — somethin’ different, somethin’ big, you know? I’m tired of the same thing over and over again. It’s gettin’ old. This is gettin’ old for me. That’s just how I feel.”
Estimating how a fight between him and St-Pierre will go down if and when it eventually does, Diaz, who agreed with Dracula’s assertion that he has better boxing for MMA than GSP, says that no matter where the fight goes, he can catch the dominant UFC champ.
“Yeah, sure. I think [my boxing is superior to GSP's]. I think I’ll put my punches in and I think he’s gonna try to force the takedowns and go for takedowns, but you know, I saw him out there and he’s not much for size so I don’t know if it’s the smartest plan for him either. I feel like it will be real hard for him,” hypothesizes Diaz. “I feel like I’m ready for that fight. I’ve been ready for that fight, now I just feel I’m even more ready for it now. I want to get this show on the road. Like I said, I’m not getting any younger. I don’t think old Georges…I don’t think he’s getting any younger either. I need some change in the lifestyle, you know?”
Finally, the Stockton, California native, who UFC president Dana White will be visiting in the 209 this week to discuss his future with Zuffa, spoke about the possibility that he might try his hands at boxing.
“There’s a lot on the table. I haven’t quite figured out what road I’m going down, but it really doesn’t matter to me either way. I just want more competition. If you’re gonna force me to fight these guys that don’t have it in them to beat me [who] are gonna go for a lucky shot and try to take my head off…A lot of times I eat those punches. I don’t need that. I don’t need to fight a guy who’s going to do that,” Diaz explains. “A guy like Georges, who’s goin’ in there tryin’ to win the fight, not just by getting lucky. I’m tryin’ to go on to bigger and better things. I don’t want to keep fighting these chumps, you know what I mean? If they want to keep have me fight these chumps, I’m not afraid to do that, but I’m not going to step in there and fight these guys unless they’re willing to pay me a lot more money.”