Georges St. Pierre talks Nick Diaz: 'I know I have his number ... I will beat him'

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UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is a better boxer than Nick Diaz. He's also better at jiu-jitsu. In fact, he's better than him "everywhere." But don't take my word for it. Just ask "Rush."

From the Montreal Gazette:

"I truly believe (Diaz) deserves the fight. He's a fight that I want and a fight that everybody wants to see. Let's do it. He's a very good boxer, probably one of the best in mixed martial arts. Also very good jiu-jitsu. But I believe I'm better than him everywhere. He's fought very well, but I know I have his number. I will beat him."

St. Pierre (22-2) will have to put his money where his mouth is at UFC 143 on Feb. 5, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he defends his 170-pound strap against the Stockton slugger and prove he's not scared.

Despite his welterweight dominance, the Canadian kingpin has recently been criticized for his inability to finish fights. His last four title defenses have come by way of unanimous decision, where he either out-wrestled the strikers or out-struck the wrestlers.

Diaz (26-7), who earned his crack at the crown with a three-round unanimous decision win over former division champion B.J. Penn back at UFC 137, may have the striking and grappling pedigree to make it a dangerous fight both on the feet and on the ground.

Unless he succumbs to the relentless takedowns and top control from GSP.

It was, after all, that exact style of offense that saw Diaz lose a unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez way back in 2005. A lot has changed since then and Diaz has evolved tremendously, but watching "The Prodigy" effortlessly drag him to the mat as recently as Oct. 29 has to raise a few red flags for Stockton fans.

Is that the "number" St. Pierre has?

Whaddaya say Maniacs, what's the gameplan for each fighter heading into this blockbuster pay-per-view?

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