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Quote of the Day: GSP Says He’s Not the Welterweight Champ Anymore


(Georges is so pumped to fight Diaz, he wears his fight gear while he hobbles around outside all of the local Stockton head shops.)

With all of the criticism Georges St-Pierre has gotten the past few years for his conservative style of fighting, sometimes people overlook just how much the dominant UFC welterweight kingpin purveys the blueprint of how a champion should act both inside and outside of the Octagon.

In a recent interview he did for UFC.com, St-Pierre said that because he hasn’t been active lately due to a pair of knee injuries, he doesn’t consider himself to be the UFC welterweight title holder anymore and that he will need to beat the winner of the interim title bout between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit Saturday night to once again become the champ.

“The way I see it, I am not the champion anymore on Saturday night. I have not fought since April, against my will, but I understand the champion must fight. You have to put the belt on the line in order to call yourself champion, the best in the world. Right now I am not the best in the world, I am injured. The winner of this fight on Saturday will be more than just the new number one contender, but he won’t be the new champion either,” St-Pierre explains. “The winner of this fight will have to beat me to become the true world champion and I will have to beat the winner of this fight in order to call myself the best in the world again.I like the format where the winner of this fight will have to fight me and I have to fight the winner to truly become the UFC champion. That is what the UFC is about,that is competition. This is fair to all of us, we have to beat each other to be the undisputed champion.”

“Rush” also reiterated his statement that he’s cheering for Diaz to win because he wants to pay the former Strikeforce champion back for a series of insults he’s slung at him the past few months.

“I respect Carlos Condit, but I want Diaz to win. It will be a weird feeling, sitting at the Mandalay Bay wanting Nick Diaz to win. I want this fight with Diaz so badly, as badly as I wanted the title shot when I got down on my knees. I am not personal friends with [Carlos], but I know him a little and he’s a great person. I know a lot of people who know him well because we train with the same people, but I have only spoken with him a few times. He is a true mixed martial artist. I feel bad, it is weird that I want him to lose, but I have never wanted to fight anyone as much as I want to fight Diaz,” he says. “I have never asked Dana White for anything, but I did ask to fight Nick Diaz. I was [crushed] when I had to pull out of this weekend’s fight hurt, but I am determined to get back to the Octagon as soon as possible to fight this guy. He needs to hold up his part and beat Carlos Condit on Saturday to make this fight happen.I am very nervous that Carlos Condit will win on Saturday night, and that I won’t be able to fight Nick Diaz this summer. Carlos Condit is a very good fighter, he can strike, he is aggressive and he has submissions. He has been very impressive and is the type of fighter who gets better and better the more confident he gets.”

With Diaz, St-Pierre says, he has to expect the unexpected, like a fight in a hotel lobby, which he says he’s prepared for since Nick has been known to start trouble with opponents in the past. He points out that he relishes the opportunity to teach the Stockton native some respect and how to carry himself as a fighter, he’s prepared to

“I don’t truly hate him as a person. I don’t know that he is a bad guy, but I hate what he brings to the sport with the disrespect and the unprofessional things he says and does. It is sort of a professional hatred. He has been nothing but disrespectful and arrogant towards me. During UFC 137 [week] I felt like I had to walk around Las Vegas with my fists ready [to punch Diaz] because every time I came across him he wanted to fight there and then. Every time the elevator opened [in the hotel] I needed to be ready to fight in case he stepped in. I was on edge all week. This guy is crazy. I am used to hearing [smack] talk from opponents, Matt Serra did it, Dan Hardy did it, and Josh Koscheck did it, but with Diaz he has taken it to another level. He and his coach [Cesar Gracie] have called me a coward and tried to disrespect my accomplishments. All that has done though is make me determined to beat him up. He will bring out the best in me, I will be 100 percent focused, like a bomb-expert defusing a time-bomb. When my back is against the wall and I have no choice but to win, when I cannot lose to this person under any cost, that is when I am most dangerous. Also, as champion, I believe Diaz deserves the fight for the title. Style-wise, he is a very tough match for me and the fans deserve to see the fight they really want to see.”

As far as his rehab from recent knee surgery, St-Pierre says he is progressing well, but fell short of giving a projected date for his return.

“I am ahead of schedule. I can already train and even kick but I am remaining calm and not rushing. I won’t train properly until July, it is a matter of discipline not to force my knee to go harder than it can heal. No athlete wants to sit on the sidelines, especially when you are the champion and you must watch two others fight for the interim championship belt,” he says. “I will watch on Saturday and go home very motivated to rehab on Monday morning but I must be disciplined and I must continue to rehab at the pace I am doing.”

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XENOPHON- February 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm
@TellaTruth...good point, Condit is a threat to both. He could very well beat Diaz convincingly by a crack to the head or a choke.
TellaTruth- February 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Ok. what about Condit now? The whole discussion has ignored him. He is a great fighter. He has the focus and discipline to be a great champ - even if it's not quite his time. I have enjoyed his matches since WEC, and he has been under rated since the merger with Big Brother. Agreed that he is the SLIGHT underdog here?
SnackDaddy- February 1, 2012 at 11:27 am
I think you're all forgetting that GSP has a pretty sick jab. And he basically dictates where the fight takes place. With KOs it was on the feet, even though KOS has that one punch knockout power everyone keeps raving about; with Shields, GSP was pretty comfortable with taking the fight to the ground even though that's supposed to be Shield's domain. This just shows that GSP does not always fight safe and to his advantage, as per popular belief. He's fought strikers on the feet and he hasn't been afraid to take BJJ experts to the ground.
Diaz is good, both on the feet and on the ground, but is he good enough? The way i see it, GSP has fought and defeated much tougher competition while Diaz has not always fared well against the top tier. In the end, i think this fight will come down to who wants it more? Can GSP stand and trade like BJ? Can Diaz survive submission attempts like Hardy? It'll be a battle of will, more than anything.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 1, 2012 at 11:02 am
Wow I guess I went full retard on my first sentence there. The difference is it is not nearly as hard to punch BJ as it is GSP.*
Fletch the V Stretch- February 1, 2012 at 11:00 am
The difference is not nearly as hard to punch BJ and it is GSP. GSP moves around a lot more than BJ due mostly to his cardio. BJ gets tired and can't circle with his feet nearly as much when the rounds go on. He typically stands still and relies on head movement.

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This will not be the case with GSP. If you come at GSP he doesn't just stand still he circles, faints, etc.

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Also, you don't have to be standing to beat the shit out of someone. See GSP - Serra 2
XENOPHON- February 1, 2012 at 10:41 am
@ TellaTruth - maybe you are right about the striking game - they both have the same reach, 76 in (193 cm.) Then again, GSP was fairly better than BJ their last meet. Diaz, on the other hand absolutely smothered BJ.
WARBONG- February 1, 2012 at 10:31 am
"Diaz is the complete opposite, he doesn’t need a team, doesn’t care to show others any respect for their styles or their technique. Its just a grudge fight. He makes it that way. Ask yourself, would Diaz ever step up to a fight, only to say time out – I have to put on my Karate Kid headband first? No, never."- XENO.............Oh Lord Yeah!!!
TellaTruth- February 1, 2012 at 9:36 am
So, I expect that most agree that Rush gets the take downs if he wants them and that can be a game plan for victory. But GSP wants to beat him up. So THE REAL QUESTION IS: Who will win the striking game? Diaz is the greatest threat he has seen in a while. Georges is a great striker, although not entertaining, but CAN HE OUT-STRIKE DIAZ?
XENOPHON- February 1, 2012 at 8:42 am
@fatbellyfrank - remember Serra, he only threw a few punches. One lucky one. Diaz throws more leather than anyone else, and accurately. My guess is that Diaz is gonna land.
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@WARBONG - its all about the "war pigs" in the "war room" Just for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbxfe7DMxVo
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@SnackDaddy - no English major here, my earlier graduate work was National Security Studies and Strategic Intelligence Methodologies. I am about winning at all costs and pinpointing another mans fears, then exploiting the same to the fullest - Just look, Drano runs with the tail between the legs daily.
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Diaz might just be too stupid to know what he has done, or how to exploit that in the media leading up to the fight, but you can mark his own words, GSP is polarized and it can be tied back to the events that he was terrified of as a kid.
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Being stuck in the same hotel with Diaz and the fear of having to see Diaz (and his posse) must have really been mentally taxing for GSP, the proof is GSP brought it up months later all on his own. Ask why? Would you have said, or made that same omission to a reporter?
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and YES, its both good for GSP's career, and...the Captcha's are getting worse.
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@TellaTruth - correct. Looking back now, Cerrone got goated into that stand and exchange tit-for-tat hood rat type of brawl. It happened long before the fight with the face slapping and hat flicking. I honestly was shocked that Cerrone didn't use those kicks until his legs buckled for good.
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Fletch the V Stretch - your right about being a bit "off upstairs"...GSP even said that, quote: "This guy is crazy." I think GSP is very good, one reason is that he knows there are rules inside competition.
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There are judges, refs, and coaches and trainers to play the part of mediators and balancers. He excels in the structure of having his team - and the respect of the team. Its his big thing, they bring the elements of the game that saved him from being a sissy kid all alone, to being part of something safe.
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Diaz is the complete opposite, he doesn't need a team, doesn't care to show others any respect for their styles or their technique. Its just a grudge fight. He makes it that way. Ask yourself, would Diaz ever step up to a fight, only to say time out - I have to put on my Karate Kid headband first? No, never.
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I bet big money GSP didn't have his "Nipponese Meatball" headband when the two crossed paths in Vegas during Nicks beat down on BJ Penn.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 1, 2012 at 6:44 am
@ Xeno - Sorry bro, gotta disagree a little. I don't think GSP is scared of Diaz. I think he feels threatened bc Diaz, is in fact, completely off upstairs. I mean he tried to fight Joe Riggs after Riggs beat him when they were in the hospital.

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Gsp definitely will be more nervous for this fight than others in the past bc he feels like this is a fight he can not lose without being as embarrassed as he was when Serra KO'd him. However, He will be too strong for Diaz. Too fast, and too athletic. Cyborg taking Diaz down and GSP taking Diaz down are not even comparable bro. SORRY.
TellaTruth- February 1, 2012 at 6:27 am
Well said GSP.
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Agreed Xeno, Diaz is in his head. I just hope he's not so hyped he loses focus. i think that's what happened w/Cerrone. Cerrone got in there and blew his load right in the opening minutes of round one trying to kill Nate. Then he was gassed for the rest of the fight and started taking damage!
ArmFarmer- February 1, 2012 at 6:20 am
If gsp wins it will just be another boring 5rd takedown clinic. If he couldn't finish a hurt koscheck or an outclassed shields/hardy/alves I don't see him putting away the granite chinned bjj expert cardio machine diaz...
SnackDaddy- January 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm
Woah, woah, woah, xeno, getting a little carried away there? are you an eglish major, or what? haven't seen deconstruction of a text like that since my college days.
eitherway, i don't think that gsp is afraid of diaz, or that diaz actually stands a chance against gsp, but i do agree that this is the best thing to happen to gsp's career in a while. we might just see a knockout or technical knockout by him. :)
P.S. is it just me or has CP just made the captcha's 5 times more difficult.
RearNakedSpoon- January 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm
GSP is the best of everything MMA, especially personality and attitude.
fatbellyfrank- January 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm
GSP is a class act, thats why he's one of my favourite fighters, GSP v Diaz is gonna be a fucken cracker, I wouldn't put to much stock in Georges being fazed by Diaz's shit talk, as with Kos, Georges will send his most important message to Nick in the cage.
WARBONG- January 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm
gyaaaaaadaaaaaaam...that's one baaad muthafuker right there...dark too.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Xeno +1
XENOPHON- January 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm
I think you are missing the big comment in that GSP comment. It's not like him to be so verbose (well used Galatur) ....so what gives. I will point it out using GSP's own words.
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QUOTE: "I felt like I had to walk around Las Vegas with my fists ready [to punch Diaz] because every time I came across him he wanted to fight there and then. Every time the elevator opened [in the hotel] I needed to be ready to fight in case he stepped in. I was on edge all week. This guy is crazy."
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Sounds a lot like the young GSP. Remember the one who was afraid of the bullies with the use of "then and there." Likely the same words words used to describe the fights with those who stalked him and beat him down in grade school. Who else walks around with their fists clinched?
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Let's not forget, GSP's fear of heights....this fear again comes to up the surface a second time with his use of "...when the elevator opened...he might step in..." He equates Diaz with heights and with the unknown aspect of death...
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Obvious to me, call me fucked up, or call it how you see it, but GSP is big time afraid of Diaz...Diaz has the psychological advantage over GSP.
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I think GSP respects both Diaz and Condit as men, but those childhood fears never leave peoples psyche.
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Witnessing Diaz dismantle his beloved former opponent BJ Penn while sitting ring side... watching the abuse, then getting called out like a punk in public by Diaz damaged GSP - just like when he was a wimpy kid.
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Diaz's terrorism worked masterfully!
sp00ki kabuki- January 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm
cyborg took diaz down... and look what happened
ArmFarmer- January 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm
I wasn't disagreeing with you. I was just pointing out that he has in fact fought good wrestlers before. He also lost to most of them. I think gsp should be able to take him down at will, and I don't really think he's going to get submitted. gsp is certainly on another level compared to those guys, no argument there.
Fletch the V Stretch- January 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm
@AntFarmer - Before you comment, I know the fight with Diego was not a tooling but a good close match. Sorry for exaggerating. BUT he lost, plain and simple and that was when Diego was pretty green to the UFC. Like you said that was a while back and Diaz has "improved". Based on that Diego has "improved" to so wouldn't that mean that Diego is still capable of beating him again? Diego does have that same crazy, punch me in the face and I will not slow down mentality as well..... JUST SAYING. Diaz goes and racks up wins in Strikeforce and everyone is clamoring he is the best WW on the planet. GTFO. He may be the toughest, but the best? I would like to see him fight Rory, Thiago, Diego again, Martin Kampman, and Ellenberger.
Fletch the V Stretch- January 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm
@ArmFarmer - I know and look how those fights turned out. Diego Sanchez tooled him. Disclaimer - I am not talking shit.

You say that this was a long time ago. AND this is true. But what has changed so much since then? Better wrestling? I don't know about that. Better BJJ? I also don't know about that. Has his TDD gotten better? BC that is really all that is going to matter when he fights GSP. Diaz will not be the best striker GSP has faced. GSP has faced better strikers and beat them. Has he fought guys with as much attitude and who are not afraid to bring the fight to him? NO. Nick Diaz has never faced someone with better take downs and who is as strong as GSP. Plain and simple.
WarpedAcorn- January 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm
I have a sinking feeling GSP will lose to Diaz in horrific fashion in a similar fashion to Cerrone, who let the smack talk get under his skin. I'd like the see GSP actually finish a fight in dramatic fashion, but I think he will probably leave himself open to many of Diaz's barrages.
Ricardo Guitardo- January 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm
It must be embarrasing being knocked out by a really short person. Thank god for George it wasn't one of those falling tree ko's otherwise he'd be a posterboy for life.
ArmFarmer- January 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Karo, Diego Sanchez, Joe Riggs, and Sean Sherk all beat Diaz, though if I remember correctly Riggs out-struck him. The rest out-grappled him.. Some very narrowly. Again, this was a long time ago so take it with a grain of salt, and he did beat a couple decent wrestlers too.
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