After Georges St. Pierre‘s not-so-impressive performance against Jake Shields at UFC 129 this past April, many have been clamoring for a “super fight” pitting GSP against Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz.
Many have pointed out that some of the holes that St. Pierre displayed in his last outing with Shields would be picked up by possible a more intelligent, or rather more adept striker–such as Diaz, whom arguably holds some of the best hands in the mixed martial arts world.
And though some obstacles may be lingering in the potential for the bout, that hasn’t left people speculating the inevitable outcome. Urijah Faber, the former WEC featherweight champion and current number one contender for the UFC bantamweight title, has officially jumped on the Diaz bandwagon.
Nick Diaz has run a roughshod through all of his opposition that he has faced inside the Strikeforce cage. Since his inception into the organization, Diaz has gone undefeated, claiming the welterweight title and defending it three times over. Since his stint under the San Jose banner, Diaz has become one of the best fighters in his class and is often regarded as one of the ten best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, having the sort of boxing acumen and jiu-jitsu prowess that most fighters could only dream for.
However, are his skills enough to rival those of Georges St. Pierre?
Well, one man thinks so, and that’s none other than “The California Kid” himself, Urijah Faber.
“I’m going to go with Nick Diaz on that one, just because I don’t see GSP knocking him out”, said Faber in an interview with FiveKnuckles.com.
“He’s never been knocked out and GSP’s been more into wrestling guys. I think that from watching Diaz, he’s super, super deceiving, and is able to pressure guys and make them get tired and fatigued like no one else. It’s constant pressure, and he’s got that persistent punching style that wears guys down.”
While the opinion of Faber’s may be an unpopular one, there is no question that Diaz will at least provide GSP his toughest challenge to date. But–what do you think, MMA peeps? How will Diaz fare in a match with GSP and do you agree with Faber’s assessment of the bout? Sound off in the comment section below.