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UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre today (Jan. 23, 2013) took the mic at the UFC 158 pre-fight press conference to explain his decision behind picking Nick Diaz for his next fight, despite having other, perhaps more qualified contenders in the 170-pound division.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre was asked by media members at today's UFC 158 pre-fight press conference ( see it here) why he requested a fight against Nick Diaz -- who was coming off a loss AND a one year drug suspension -- when there was a guy like Hendricks who was riding a five-fight winning streak within the division.
Quite simply, "Rush" doesn't believe "Bigg Rigg" is at the top of the division because in his opinion, the bearded brawler lost to Josh Koscheck at UFC on FOX 3 last May, but was lucky enough to escape the "Garden State" with a narrow split decision win.
"Nick and I were supposed to fight before and this was the big fight that people wanted to see. People wanted to see this fight more than me against any other guys. My other option was Johny Hendricks and Johny Hendricks, when I watched his fight against Josh Koscheck, according to me, I believe Josh Koscheck won that fight. I don't want to fight a guy that lose to me that I beat. I think Nick Diaz is number one contender. He proved himself many times before and there is a story between us and it's time to do it."
St. Pierre beat Koscheck back at UFC 124 and he believes "Kos" beat Hendricks, so that makes him unworthy for a shot at the title. Unfortunately, by the champ's logic, that also disqualifies Diaz, since St. Pierre beat Condit, who also beat the Stockton slugger back at UFC 143.
"Rush" wanted to fight Diaz and now he will. In fact, it's less than two months away at the UFC 158 pay-per-view (PPV) event on March 16, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Hear more from GSP on his upcoming fight against Diaz right here.