What's that you s-eh?
After their first title fight, which was scheduled to headline UFC 137, was scratched after Nick Diaz was yanked from the fight for missing a pair of press conferences, Georges St. Pierre and the Stockton slugger will finally meet in the center of the Octagon.
The title fight will headline UFC 143 on Feb. 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to determine the number one mixed martial arts (MMA) welterweight fighter in the world.
In the roller-coaster ride that was UFC 137, Carlos Condit was pegged as Diaz's replacement against St. Pierre; however, an injury forced "Rush" out of the fight. Diaz was then bumped back into the main event slot opposite B.J. Penn while "The Natural Born Killer" was forced to hit the sidelines.
After Diaz forced Penn into retirement due to a three round beating, the bad boy from Stockton took to the mic in his post-fight speech to call out the UFC welterweight champion by claiming he was ducking him by faking the injury.
The speech was enough to force UFC President Dana White to make an executive decision and award Diaz the title fight against St. Pierre instead of Condit, who once again came up on the short end of the stick, missing out on his second title shot.
The often humble and reserved St. Pierre doesn't seem to mind the trash talk though, because as he tells the QMI Agency (via Slam.canoe.ca) he doesn't really understand the trash talk of Diaz due to the fact that he does not speak or understand the English language very well:
"He did very well (against Penn.) He's the No. 1 contender and he deserves a shot. I'm very happy to fight him. It's always been the fight I've wanted to have. They only thing is he did not show up at the press conference ... so the fight got cancelled - not because of me, but because of him and what he had done. But me, I wanted to fight him. He wanted to have a title fight and he got it. (Calling me out is) the best way to do it and it's not personal. I've seen it all from everyone before. If they're trying to get into my head and make me fight a bad fight, it's just mind games and it doesn't work. I don't even understand (or) speak English very well. I don't understand most of the things that (Diaz) says when he trash talks. I don't really care. I'm just going to focus on hurting him. If I hit him well, he's going to fall. He's a human being. He's not different than anyone else. He's got good boxing and great at Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It's going to be a good fight."
St. Pierre also briefly talked about Carlos Condit's unfortunate situation of losing his title shot for a second time:
"I haven't spoken to Carlos, but he's going to have a title fight after Diaz. I know he's mad. If I were in that situation, I would have been mad as well. But in the first place it was always Diaz. He was supposed to have the shot."
It's a good thing St. Pierre doesn't mind the trash talk, because he can expect a heavier doseage from Diaz leading up to fight night, though he won't likely engage in a back and forth as he never has been known to be a trash talk specialist.
Instead, the UFC welterweight kingpin will have a chance to let his fists do the talking for him in a little over three months.
As for St. Pierre's training partner Condit, he won't have to ride the pine much longer as he is penciled in to co-headline the event opposite Josh Koscheck to determine who gets the next shot at the UFC welterweight title.
UFC 143 will have no shortage of fireworks as four of the top welterweights on the planet will be in action in the quest to determine the world's number one.
Until then, language barriers permitting, enjoy the trash talk that Nick Diaz is sure to deliver.
Are you buying Georges St. Pierre's claims that he doesn't understand his upcoming opponents trash talk due to the English language barrier?