A title fight against the promotion's 170-pound champion, Georges St. Pierre.
After their much anticipated bout, which was scheduled for UFC 137 on Oct. 29, 2011, was scratched when Diaz was pulled from the fight by UFC President Dana White because of several no shows at required press conferences, "Rush" was then pegged to face Carlos Condit.
However, an injury to St. Pierre forced him out of the card altogether.
Soon After Diaz sent B.J. Penn into retirement after his win over "The Prodigy" at UFC 137, he then proceeded to call out the UFC welterweight kingpin in his post-fight victory speech. Once again, the powers to be at Zuffa re-booked the title fight for UFC 143 on SuperBowl weekend (Feb. 4, 2012).
However, the injury-bug reared its ugly head yet again when St. Pierre suffered yet another injury, which forced him out of the proposed title fight with the bad boy from Stockton.
Speaking to Vic Mysterio of Hammerfisting MMA Podcast (video below), a very laid back Diaz says that this time, the Canadian isn't ducking him, but the reason "Rush" is so prone to injuries is because of the types of exercises he does in training.
See for yourself after the jump:
"I don't think so. I think he's hurt. I think he might've hurt himself. He shouldn't have done that. If it hurts, don't do it. I had to go through a lot of fights like that. You know, there were things I couldn't do, and I couldn't come in at 100 percent. So basically, heal and worry about your weight cause that's all you're gonna be able to do is make the weight and go out there and fight. Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some, and sometimes you can't be at 100 percent though. But, no, you know, he hurt himself, and you know, the type of exercises he does too, your injury prone. You're higher likely to hurt yourself doing explosive workout exercises. I have different type of workouts. I'm a different type of athlete, and I think that we get hurt less and we fight more. That's why I have more fights. I have twice as many fights as most of these guys out here."
That's a complete 180 degree spin from the opinion Diaz originally had on "Rush" after his first fight-cancelling injury, in which he claimed the UFC champion was faking an injury in order to get out of fighting him.
Aside from his extensive training camps, St. Pierre has been known to dabble in gymnastics, which much like regular vigorous MMA training, requires a lot of conditioning and can take quite a physical toll on the athletes body.
Due to the latest injury to "Rush," Diaz is now slated to face Carlos Condit for the interim UFC welterweight title at UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 4, 2012.
Anyone here agree with Diaz' take that George St. Pierre puts his body through too much extensive training while preparing for a fight which ultimately leads to his injuries?
Video: Nick Diaz' assessment on why Georges St. Pierre is injury prone.