The winner of Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit, who fight for the Interim strap at UFC 143 tomorrow night (Feb. 4, 2012) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, is expected to unify the division titles by taking on Georges St. Pierre later this year.
But they could be facing off much sooner than that.
You know the drill by now. A fighter wins and they bring his next opponent into the Octagon as part of the post-fight interview to create drama and tension for their pending showdown. Two recent examples of this are Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans and Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin.
It may be part of the job, but St. Pierre doesn't like it.
Probably because the one time he tried to play ball, he ended up forever associated with one of the more popular expressions in UFC history, after admitting he was "not impressed by Matt Hughes' performance."
And he may like it even less if Nick Diaz is the winner. "Rush" is already walking around "Sin City" with his fists clenched and looking over his shoulder.
GSP explains his position to Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press, after the jump.
"I think it's disrespectful (to get into the cage). When a guy wins, I think it's his moment of glory and I don't want to overshadow that. He wins, he deserves that moment. I don't like to be there. I don't like confrontation. But I know it's necessary for the promotion of the sports. The UFC, they force us to do it sometimes. They love it. I'll go with the flow."
If Condit emerges victorious on Saturday night, St. Pierre will likely exchange pleasantries with the soft-spoken "Natural Born Killer" and be on his merry way.
But if Diaz wins?
Well, their post-fight showdown might be worth the price of admission in and of itself.
More on the St. Pierre vs. Diaz saga right here.