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The Unsupportable Opinion: A Nick Diaz Victory Over Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158 Would Be the Best Thing the UFC Could Possibly Ask For


(“Yeah homie, I’m looking at your cup. Really? Seriously bro? You are super rich, you’re pampered, you’re in all the magazines AND you’re hung like a horse! This sh*t ain’t fair and I’m callin’ total bullsh*t bro!” Photo via CagedInsider.)

By Nathan Smith

I can’t believe I am about to type this: A Nick Diaz victory over Georges St. Pierre would be the best thing for the UFC Welterweight division. As an unabashed, almost stalkerish fanboy of GSP, I should not have to tell you how difficult that was to write. But God Damn, that was not easy to write.

With the exception of the 378 days that were the Matt Serra Era (or the Matt Serra Terror Era), GSP has ruled the welterweight division dating back to November of 2006. Let that sink in for just a second. Serra’s reign withstanding, St. Pierre has been the champ since Borat was in theaters and Justin Timberlake was on the top of the Billboard charts. Let me put it another way: In November of 2006, Tim “The Diet Machine” Sylvia was the Heavyweight Champion and Sean Sherk was the lightweight title holder. Are those guys even still alive? There is no way of knowing. Needless to say, St. Pierre has had a pretty damn good run thus far and it might be time for a temporary change of pace, even though he has been an excellent ambassador for the sport of MMA.

Some say that “Rush’s” style is the epitome of dominance while others say he is a lay-n-pray specialist. Is GSP careful to a fault in his fights? Probably, but he has only lost 2 of the 41 rounds he has fought during his current 10-fight win streak. That is fucking insane. Even the almighty Anderson Silva lost 5 rounds to Chael Sonnen in their two meetings, and Anderson Silva once beat Mars in a game of Risk. GSP is athletic as hell and imposes his will with technique and tremendous cardio, but for the very first time in his career, he is fighting a guy with a gas tank better than his own. Diaz is a machine (<– follow this link for immediate proof) when it comes to his cardio and frequently competes in triathlons, which makes him an absolute freak even when compared to that of his fellow athletes.

But this post isn’t about the stylistic differences between Diaz and St. Pierre. It isn’t a breakdown of the fight or a tale of the tape. It’s about the fact that a Nick Diaz victory on Saturday night would be the greatest thing the UFC could possibly ask for. Here are three scenarios explaining why. I’m going to go throw up.

Scenario #1

If Carlos Condit manages to beat Johny Hendricks and St. Pierre pummels Diaz, is anybody really excited about seeing a GSP vs “The Natural Born Killer” rematch?” Even though their first meeting was an entertaining 25 minutes, there is no reason to think that the outcome will be any different the second time around. I can see the promos now…the Hail Mary kick that Condit landed to GSP’s melon over and over and over and over again, because that is all the UFC marketing machine could do to make anybody believe that this will NOT essentially be a repeat of their first scrap. Let’s all be honest: Condit won 90 seconds of that 25 minute affair and there isn’t one person not named Carlos Condit or Greg Jackson that has any desire to see it happen again.

Scenario #2

“Bigg Rigg” (why two G’s? Because fuck you, that’s why.) splatters Condit’s face and GSP beats Diaz. Yet again we are in a situation that is a little dicey. Are fans ready to embrace Hendricks as a legitimate contender? He has that country bumpkin charm and one hell of a left hand but he just doesn’t move the needle when it comes to overall fan appeal. With another victory, Hendricks absolutely deserves a shot at GSP, and his decorated collegiate wrestling pedigree could pose some issues in a potential fight with the reigning champ, but we have seen St. Pierre manhandle credentialed wrestlers before (ie. Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck). GSP is more of a Glass Joe than an Arturo Gatti in the chin category but that fact alone doesn’t exactly mean must see TV.

Scenario #3

Diaz shocks the world and beats GSP. At this point, the Condit vs. Hendricks winner is irrelevant because Diaz would more-than-welcome a rematch with Condit, and during the greatest conference call in the history of the universe, Nick had less than flattering things to say about Hendricks as well (I know, hold your shock). This is a win-win-win for the UFC, the fans, and the entertainment factor pertaining to the sport of MMA for the next 18 months. It would take at least a year for Diaz, St. Pierre, Condit, Hendricks, Marquardt, Ellenberger and MacDonald to figure out who fights each other, who is ranked where and what the hell is going to happen next. The match-ups are not exactly defined for Joe Silva and that is exciting for the welterweight division, but more importantly, it is invigorating for the fans that have seen GSP dominate a division for the better part of a decade. GSP may be the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draw now, but a trash-talking antihero sociopath as a champion? Fans would shell out big money for a chance to see a ticking time bomb like Diaz finally implode.

Since Koscheck is a shell of his former self and Chael Sonnen is a mixed bag of hate and love, there really isn’t a true “Bad Guy” in the UFC. Diaz would be the perfect outlaw, riding into town wearing his black (presumably hemp) hat, chain smoking what we can only assume are cowboy killers. Diaz is a self-proclaimed slayer of all things bullshit and would wage war against boring fights. Clearly Diaz is a tortured soul, and if he were to take the welterweight title from one of the most beloved champions in UFC history (and God forbid if he managed to finish him), it would thrust the despised recluse into the mainstream, which he probably isn’t emotionally ready for. Can you imagine Diaz surviving a live ESPN interview without drawing the ire of the masses? Sure, it puts a momentary black eye on our sport but it also brings eyeballs to boob-tubes and gives the casual fan somebody to root against.

It all plays out perfectly for rubbernecking MMA fans that always enjoy slowing down to check out the car wreck on the freeway. It would be an absolutely beautiful disaster…until GSP reclaims the welterweight title during the compulsory UFC New Year’s PPV in 2014, of course.

At that point, all will be right in the world again.

But on Saturday, a Nick Diaz victory would make the predictable welterweight division a case of art imitating life imitating bumper cars and that is a good thing that a stagnant division desperately needs. However, this is all contingent upon the fact that Diaz does NOT piss straight sticky-icky THC into his sample cup during the post fight drug test.

Don’t let this (fist-posing d-bag of a) GSP fan down, Nick.

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KillLayandpray- March 16, 2013 at 10:30 am
GSP IS THE BIGGEST LAYER AND PRAYER KNOWN TO MANKIND. He doesnt "finish" fights. He sucks the judges off just enough to get the win. He isn't a hero. He's figured out a technical way to win fights. He doesnt have heart and he isnt explosive. Obvi he is a good fighter/ great fighter. But to say that Nick Diaz is all hype is bogus. He demolished Paul daley. He f*cked up BJ PENN! He deserves every bit of what he gets. He has hardcore social anxiety so just bc he isnt some kind of a showhorse when people are watching him is irrelevant. gsp. "I try arrd to feenesh diezz, but he uhhh turn out to be a toff opponin and I am sorry to zee fanz.he walk de walk and talk de talk. he ez better fightayr."
antonio69- March 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm
To all you hating on Diaz go FUCK YOURSELVES!!! Hey Goog ride GSP nuts a little harder homo! Diaz is going to defeat Gay Pierre tomorrow night- yippykaimutherfuckers!
crappiefloper- March 15, 2013 at 10:23 am
Diaz over GSP is actually the 4th sign of the appocolips. Turn an eye to the sky and welcome the horsemen, and bow before our new overlord Nick.
That said, it pry would be good for the UFC,which I'm confident our new master would allow to continue, although I'm pretty sure the weed ban would be lifted
spoon2983- March 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm
gsp has a great chin. his knock out from serra he hit him in the back of the head. and the condit fight he got kicked in the side of his head. he has a great chin
spoon2983- March 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm
i think gsp would get ab immediate remach. anybody else think that also?
spoon2983- March 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm
*an
teep- March 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm
Yes, Nathan, I will support your opinion! War Diaz!!
intercept440- March 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm
it is possible that diaz beats gsp. im a gsp fan an i will admit it. BUT i dont think its going to happen. gsp has solid boxing. nick does to, but nick is to unorthodox i think he leaves himself open alot. gsp i wont say has a weak chin, but when he is hit with a huge shot he goes down. consit kick serra bomb examples. nick doesnt have true KO power but he blasts out the hammers of stockton quick and en masse. gsp is to defensive for that to be effective i think for that to happen. he will most likely try to submit diaz
dranokills- March 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm
When Rampage knocked out Chuck and won the belt.....the bad guy won! Life went on.
When Silva drove Franklin's nose into his brain and killed him.....the(at that time Franklin was the good guy) bad guy won! Life went on.
When Cock Chestner threw a huge ham-sized hammer fist up side Randy CUNToures oold ass melon.......the bad guy won! life went on.
I am at a point right now that of Nick Diaz gets GSP in a corner and goes off on him like he did BJ Penn, and the ref steps in............fuck it......life would go on for me.
Hutch- March 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm
Good article man. Recently I told some GSP nuthugger that Diaz was going to win, and the crazy bastard challenged me to duel. Maybe I'll have to show that cape wearing sumbitch this and change his mind. Wait...
The12ozCurls- March 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm
You son of a bitch!

Pistols at dawn MOTHER F*CKER!
Coneblazer- March 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm
lol who cares!! As long as there are good fights. Diaz deserves to be there.. the Ultimate Hated Fighter vs the Ultimate Elusive Guy.. we need guys like Diaz so we 'can point and stare and say there goes the bad guy.'
Hassling Diaz for 'failed drug test' while the rest of the country is a pharmaceutical pushers dumping ground seems a bit odd
Alan K- March 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm
Who's that freaking looking guy next to GSP? It's like someone took a vacuum cleaner to Luke Thomas's face and then threw him into a microwave.
The12ozCurls- March 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm
lol - awesome.
jerk
KungfuJaysus- March 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm
GSP should have ran for Pope. Or at least for governor of Indiana. Pretty much the same thing.
cman- March 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm
yup you are right:
Completely unsupportable. I actually was ok with Condit becoming champion, Hendricks not so much, Diaz? no. Its little more than a huge step backwards in converting the mindset that this is a sport for street thugs. Toss in the drug use amd you just armed the detractors with a poster boy. I personally would have cut diaz last time rather than offer him a platform to reek havoc on every step toward mainstream.
Plus Ceasar Gracie is a slime bag, best of the second tier..... keep em there.
Rampages Conscience- March 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm
Wow. GSP is so handsome.
The12ozCurls- March 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm
@ALF

Answer: A LOT of Bourbon. A lot!
angry little feet- March 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm
Ah my poor 12oz. How much whiskey did it take for you to even entertain the possibility that Nick beating GSP could be a good thing?
" trash-talking antihero sociopath" you say this like it's a bad thing.
"beautiful disaster…" haha now I think you're talking about me!
And perhaps this could be a nice shake up for GSP that would get him back into finishing fights.
Goog- March 14, 2013 at 11:58 am
This would all be fine and good... if MMA fans want more WWE crap. I don't need a bad guy in a story line. GSP works harder than anyone out there and deserves to be champ. If the others can't beat him, so be it. But to think for a second about buying a PPV where the champ could be a Diaz? Never. He's a bag of excuses, can barely speak, and disrespects everyone within the sound of his voice. He's a crying little girl with his demands for respect... the whole time giving his bosses, MMA fans, and opponents the finger. Failed drug tests, failure in general. Whether it's GSP or someone else, I like a good rep for the sport as champion verses the personality you think would be interesting.
CrazyButNotReally- March 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm
@Goog

Your fantasy is so boring. Good thing this isn't Hollywood - not all good guys are at the top, and not all bad guys are at the bottom.

I like GSP, but screw this "good guy" nonsense. Fighters are fighters, regardless of their personalities. I'm all for diversity and deviation from the norm.
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