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"As far as Diaz, of course I would like to fight him because he thinks he's better than me. I think I'm better than him. But I think he should not retire. He did all of the sacrifice in his life to be where he's at right now. He's at the highest point of his career, and if he retires now, he's left a lot of money on the table that could pay for all of the sacrifices he has made during all those years. I think the sport of mixed martial arts needs a guy like him."
-- Leave it to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre to provide a steady voice of reason to all the insanity surrounding Nick Diaz and his retirement/drug test failure/loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 on Sat., Feb. 4, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Rush" told Bruce Buffer on the "It's Time" show that Diaz has simply made far too many sacrifices over the years to leave right when the money is getting to be good enough to pay off said sacrifices. Indeed, had Diaz defeated Condit, he would have earned a big money match-up against St. Pierre later this year but even with the loss, it's not out of line to think the two could tango somewhere down the line. That is, of course, after the Stockton smoker gets everything in order and fulfills whatever suspension is handed down to him for failing his second drug test in Nevada. Realistically, it's entirely possible that while Diaz is gone, the welterweight division works itself out and he comes back, wins a fight and bam, he's right back where he started at with a St. Pierre fight on the table. Assuming, of course, he doesn't actually follow through on his promise to retire, something the French-Canadian 170-pound champion is pleading with him not to do. Anyone think we'll eventually get to see the match-up the UFC wanted all along?