For UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, there is no denying that he is the best welterweight fighter in the world. In his most recent outing, St. Pierre defeated Jake Shields by unanimous decision, though the win at first glance could be very deceiving.
Having long been criticized for his lack of finishes or rather his inability, GSP faced arguably his toughest challenge to date when he met with the former Strikeforce middleweight champion. After five-rounds of “some” action, St. Pierre walked away the winner, but not without having drawn the ire of the fans and media alike.
Since his last outing at UFC 129 this past April, many have called for a “super fight” pitting GSP against the Strikeforce welterweight champion and UFC veteran Nick Diaz, and while there are some roadblocks and even an impending boxing match with Jeff Lacy, Diaz would be willing to put all that aside if it means a match with St. Pierre.
Under the Strikeforce banner, arguably, there has not been a more dominating or more imposing figure inside the cage than Diaz. The Stockton native and Cesar Gracie black belt has gone undefeated within the promotion, holding a perfect 6-0 mark, and has impressed everyone in each outing. In his last performance, Diaz added former UFC contender Paul Daley to his most recent list of victimes, knocking out the “knockout artist” inside of the first-round. With the win, Diaz has now successfully defended his welterweight title three consecutive times.
As per his contract with Strikeforce and Showtime, Diaz is afforded one boxing match to take place within the fiscal year. Initially, Nick was rumored to be facing former boxing world champion Fernando Vargas, however after alleged medical issues, the fight was scrapped.
Now, manager and head coach Cesar Gracie has recently issued a press-release stating that Diaz will be taking on Jeff Lacy, a former IBF super middleweight champion, in an impending boxing match.
Following UFC 129, UFC President Dana White spoke of his intentions to fly down to Stockton, California in order to speak with Diaz one-on-one about his future and what he hopes to accomplish. White has stated on several occasions that he would much rather have Diaz stay in the mixed martial arts game, as Nick could be used as a name in order to lend respectability to the boxing world by beating a mixed martial arts world champion.
While Nick’s striking skills have been unrivaled inside the cage, a bout in the ring could be a whole different story, and that’s something that White would have Diaz avoid altogether. Dana now has invested interest in Diaz since Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, has recently acquired Strikeforce.
Cesar Gracie says that Diaz’ bout with Lacy is all but a done deal, and the only thing that will deter the inevitable bout would be a meeting with the reigning UFC champ in Georges St. Pierre.
“Barring something like (UFC president) Dana White telling us, ‘Hey, we really need you to fight GSP at such-and-such a date and it conflicts with [boxing] – barring that, we’re going to fight Lacy,” said Gracie in an interview with MMAJunkie.com.
So what do you think MMA peeps–should Diaz attempt to avenge his teammate and best friend Jake Shields’ defeat to GSP, or should he take on Jeff Lacy? It remains to be seen where Nick will garner the most amount of money, some may argue boxing but who’s to say. Do you warrant Diaz with the opportunity of defeating either GSP or Lacy in respective matches? Sound off in the comment section below.