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St. Pierre Explains Why He’s Fighting Diaz at UFC 158; Hendricks to Face Jake Ellenberger

About a month ago, the UFC’s welterweight title picture cleared up after nearly two years of confusion. Champion Georges St. Pierre returned after a long injury-induced lay off to face and beat interim champion Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks stopped Martin Kampmann to establish himself as the clear number one contender to the St. Pierre’s belt.

Despite this, St. Pierre lobbied to face the suspended Nick Diaz, who had a shot against St. Pierre but then gave it because of, you know, reasons, lost to Carlos Condit and then tested positive for marijuana metabolites. Diaz will indeed get another crack at St. Pierre on March 16th in Montreal, assuming he decides to pick up a phone for media conference calls and make all his flights, and Hendricks will risk his earned #1 contender status against Jake Ellenberger on the same night.

Speaking to MMA Fighting this weekend, Hendricks said that the UFC made him take the Ellenberger fight and stuck to his “Georges is running scared,” line. “Man, he’s scared,” Hendricks said.

“That’s why [St. Pierre] wants me to keep fighting because maybe I’ll lose and then he won’t have to retire (before fighting me).”

For his part, St. Pierre told media assembled in Las Vegas Saturday for the TUF 16 Finale that he’s fighting Diaz because he’s got a grudge against him and because its a marketable fight. “I do feel bad for Johnny Hendricks,” St-Pierre admitted.

“But put yourself in my shoes, it’s the big fight, this fight is waiting to happen for a long time, and you know, its a big fight, that’s what people want to say. Everyone wants to fight me know, it’s crazy. I cannot split myself in half. If I took another fight, the others, they both would have complained, what do they want me to do, you know?”

Give St. Pierre credit for just telling the truth on this one. Fans can probably understand the duality of recognizing the unfairness to Hendricks while also believing that St. Pierre has earned the right to pick opponents the way boxing superstars get to at times. St. Pierre went on to say that he simply can’t fight everyone that is calling him out at once, citing Diaz, Hendricks and Anderson Silva. That’s definitionally true and also kind of a bad ass thing to say, so “Rush” gets extra points for telling Silva and Hendricks to basically get in line.

Just about every top welterweight contender will be fighting on that UFC 158 card in Montreal, March 16th, it seems. Carlos Condit has accepted Rory MacDonald’s challenge and the pair will rematch. MacDonald is coming off a dominating win over former two-division champion BJ Penn and Condit is coming off of his loss to St. Pierre. Condit owns a win over MacDonald from several years ago, however, and MacDonald seems single-mindedly focused on avenging that defeat.

Where do you think we’ll be on March 17th, nation? Will the welterweight call Nick Diaz king? Will Hendricks run in and unexpectedly help St. Pierre by hitting Diaz with a steel chair in order to get his fight with the Canadian? Will MacDonald win and then turn heel by calling out his teammate St. Pierre? Have I been watching far too many soap operas and professional wrestling this week instead MMA?

Let us know what you think.

- Elias Cepeda

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Crow42- December 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Well nick Diaz did earn that contendership before he stepped into the UFC
Crazy Croat- December 18, 2012 at 12:03 am
and lost it by not showing up on the press conference twice...this fight has no sense at all...gsp would have more work to do with a brilliant wrestler like hendricks who can knock people out...this fight is happening only because of the immaturity of the UFC american fans that buy WWE shit
Mr_Misanthropy- December 17, 2012 at 11:40 am
This is totally a new picture of Nick Diaz. He took the bong off the shelf.
Casa de los pantelones- December 17, 2012 at 11:34 am
GSP fights are one step away from being put in a coma. Boring as fuck. Exciting is a back and forth grappling exhibition that might go the distance, at least that is exciting. When Mir last fought big nog and they were rolling on the ground, that was exciting. Mir had him in a submission attempt, nog then turned the tables, mir rolls out, vice versa and eventually mir locked up the kimura and snappity snap ensued.

GSP literally fights not to lose, but on the other hand, if you can't beat him, what does that make you? GSP is boring and is 100% susceptible to an aggressive offensive onslaught. Someone who can do that and fight off their back is the next champ. All he ever does is take people down, hold them there with his strength and athleticism and decision his way to victory.

Sack up, punch that motherfucker in his face and liver/kidneys and watch him turtle like a chump. he does not like to be hit, so hit him and really is that easy. We just need someone to execute that game plan and send that homo packing.
tmanifold- December 17, 2012 at 9:39 am
Anyone who thinks gsp fights are boring are out of their mind. A ko does not an exciting fight make. Some of the most exciting fights in history went the distance. I predict this fight will look a lot like the thrashing Nate just took. Nick Diaz has never beat a decent wrestler and well his bjj is very good, so is gsp's especially his top game.
Alan K- December 17, 2012 at 9:29 am
Always a haven of civility, this place is.
StinkFacer- December 17, 2012 at 9:22 am
Did you guys recruit Dipset here to meet some unspecified quota of mentally challenged people for affirmative action? Dipset, let me guess, you're gonna change one word on my name to fag, and then pat yourself on the back for being a masterful wordsmith.
dipsetkilla316- December 17, 2012 at 9:09 am
Casa de los fag no one was talking to u so shut ur mouth and mind ur own fucking Business. No one said anything to u so be on ur way pce casa de rosie O'Donnells fat ugly pantelones.
jcv1986- December 17, 2012 at 8:14 am
Even the pic of nick in this artical bugs me bit. It seems to me the whole mma community rags on Diaz bros. the pic in this artical is like 9 years old get with the program.
jcv1986- December 17, 2012 at 7:55 am
I think that nick Diaz deserves the shot way more than Hendricks. Less we forget that nick is the former strike force champ where he was on a sick winning streak kicking ass and taking names. This was before he lost that bullshit condit fight..... Nick won. I just hope George comes to fight not lay on top of a guy. Don't get me wrong George is awesome ( I'm from Canada)his fights have become almost boring lay and prey. And then look at nicks last performance all action all the time. Hendricks will have to pull over the big rig and and take a rest.wardiaz don't b scared homie.........
Casa de los pantelones- December 17, 2012 at 7:18 am
dipshitkilla316...what are you 12? Shut your mouth and stop being a little bitch. Crying about someone on the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T
dipsetkilla316- December 17, 2012 at 6:17 am
Ur so pathetic u wait till im not around to talk shit couse u no if im around u cant pull that shit couse i always make u look like a joke so u just talk shit wen i not around so i cant say anything back. Its ok it tells me u have a very hariy virgina
dipsetkilla316- December 17, 2012 at 6:15 am
Oh fag fifteen is ur life so pathetic u need to talk shit to some one who obviously ignores you at this point couse like i said before u have nothing intelligent to say, but im not surprised thats wat u get wen u have generations and generations of inbreding in ur family and that one time a corest your mothers asshole.
dipsetkilla316- December 17, 2012 at 6:07 am
Yea no thats fair
Crazy Croat- December 17, 2012 at 2:17 am
rudedude- December 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm
If gsp is ducking Anderson its not as bad as Anderson ducking jones he's already gone to 205 and maid guys look dumb why go down to fight smaller guy
rudedude- December 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm
Hendricks can wait and here is why. Diaz has bin a top 5 or 10 ww for years and should have fought gsp 2 times already. His loss to condit was not much of a loss I saw a tie running away throwing leg kicks doesn't win u a fight to me.(walking into leg kicks taunting your opponent doesn't either ) Diaz hasn't done good against wrestlers in past but hasn't fought one in a long time. Diaz is at his peak of his career and clock is ticking real fast Hendricks has a few more years left and barley got by koshchecks wrestling wich tells me not as ready for gsp as he may think. Plus hendricks cardio isn't as good as Diaz . If Hendricks got next title shot we most likely would never got to see this fight and a lot of people want to see this fight. All in all it makes sense for gsp to fight Diaz first then Hendricks and if he beats both of them no reason not to fight Anderson unless Mia gets a BIG win or two
Pen Fifteen- December 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm
Wow, some chickenshit is getting real trigger-happy with the thumbs-down button. Unless you can see who's thumbsing what, this system is really worthless. Just like dipset's mom's raggedy asshole after the pounding I gave it last night. Ay-o!
benhamil- December 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm
Hendricks is awesome at knocking out flat-footed opponents. Doesn't sound like GSP. Those ooma-loompa limbs of his won't get close.
Pen Fifteen- December 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm
BigDaddy, you are a fucking idiot. Name one sport in the world that doesn't sell itself on the basis of personality, narrative, drama, and all the "gay" shit that apparently strikes you as fake. If you want just fighting, maybe you should join the army and watch a bunch of 10 year olds with AKs try to shoot down drone planes.
BigDaddyD- December 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm
No good sir, you are an idiot. Dana said Hendricks was the number one contender, then he gives the next shot to diaz, who like I said is coming off a loss and a suspension for drugs. Hendricks is getting screwed over and you can't defend that with other than a moronic stance of "it sells tickets". Did I say anything was fake? No, no I didn't. GSP is a ducker and that's the bottom line, because stone cold said so.
mma4ever- December 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm
Im from canada and i ain't booing him and nobody I know is or has kinda proud bud so douche ur bag u fag and cheer like a qweer and we outta here .....Punk151
Mr_Misanthropy- December 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm
Don't worry. it'll all sort itself out. Faces will get punched, blood will be shed.
Casa de los pantelones- December 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Well, at the very least Diaz will bring the fight to Pierre...too bad weight and room are two words that have eluded stick boys life up to this point. Diaz is going to get thrown around like a rag doll...stupid pothead.
crappiefloper- December 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm
"chode" is a word I personally am trying to work into more conversations, so I'm glad to see it used here.
And yea, these guys might be a little gay. But prison gay, you know, just when in lock down and no eye contact sort of thing, right after visitation hours with yer old lady.
That's not really gay,right?
BigDaddyD- December 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm
Are you guys done hugging on GSP's balls yet? No? Ok then... GSP doesn't want to fight Hendricks, but he will fight someone who hasn't fought in a year due to a banned substance and lost his last fight. GSP wants to fight Diaz because he and Caesar talked so much crap? This isn't a "Days of our lives" chodes... It's fighting. "I wanna fight that guy because he hurt my little feelings and insulted me" You guys are dumb and probably gay. Hendricks is going to knock GSP back to Queerbec and take his title... whenever GSP decides he wants to fight Hendricks that is.
danomite- December 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm
yeah you're right you dumb fuck. professional fighters don't have feelings or hold grudges or anything. I guess that's why Anderson silva and Chael are best friends despite what chael said about anderson and his wife. Oh wait, Anderson silva hates Chael Sonnen. Like I said, he wants to fight diaz because he personally doesn't like Nick Diaz, he's said it on numerous occasions, and also because a fight with nick diaz will make him two or three times more money than a fight with Johny Hendricks would make. Diaz was supposed to fight him before condit fight him, and many people thought diaz won his fight with condit (not me). I'm not sure why you are draping off of hendricks ballsack so much, you probably didn't even know who the fuck he was a year ago, but this is the fight that we all want to see. Yes, we all know hendricks deserves it more than diaz but he can wait his turn. If he's as good as he thinks he is he will be fighting for the title soon enough. And if he can't beat guys like Jake Ellingberger than I guess it just shows he wasn't ready for a title shot after all.
BigDaddyD- December 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm
u mad brah? your comment made me laugh
danomite- December 17, 2012 at 6:20 am
lol, no not mad. I'm not sure why I called you a dumb fuck. I apologize
mookiestick- December 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm
Boy that Hendricks is starting to sound like a whiney little baby. I hope Ellenberger knocks his beard clean off...