Why is Nick Diaz fighting Georges St. Pierre in the main event of UFC 158?
Re-watch some of those previews the promotion is running on television in an effort to promote the March 16 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. What's the first thing UFC President Dana White says?
"St. Pierre said he's the most disrespectful human being I've ever met, and I'm going to put the worst beating you've ever seen on him."
Diaz is disrespectful, according to "Rush." Then there was the hotel incident where the Stockton bad boy yelled at the champion following UFC 137 (details here). Hell, the promotion even released a video last week (see it here) titled "Words can start fights."
They can and they have.
I haven't heard much about all the fights Diaz has won or how he tore through the rest of the division to get his crack at the crown. But why get caught up in details at this point? Diaz has talked his way into a title shot while Johny Hendricks, who already beat two former number one contenders during his five-fight winning streak (with three violent finishes) settles for Carlos Condit.
"Bigg Rigg" explains why (via Fight World):
"I don't trash talk because I have too much respect for everybody. But, there is a point in time where enough is enough. If I get through Carlos Condit, [Georges St. Pierre] has nothing to stand on - he can't go after anyone else except for me and I can't wait for that day. I can trash talk, but I don't know GSP. I can say he is this, this, this and this, but it doesn't mean it's true. Know what I mean? I could easily do that, but I don't want to be that kind of douchebag. His main little quote is, 'You've never faced anyone like me.' Bullshit. You've never face anyone like ME, that's why he didn't want to take the fight."
A lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans think Hendricks is full of hot air.
Some fighters do, too, including Nick Diaz, who told media members he didn't think anyone wanted to see St. Pierre fight the bearded brawler, which gave Hendricks the impression that Diaz isn't much of an MMA fan.
"Obviously, [Nick Diaz] has never seen me fight, because I knock people out. What does Diaz do? He talks trash, throws his hands up and that's it. I knock people out. When's the last time any of you have seen me use my wrestling? Six, seven fights ago? I used it a little bit on Josh Koscheck, but not much. That's one of my attributes that nobody's seen. For him to say [nobody wants to see Hendricks vs. GSP], he's not an MMA fan."
Despite his powerful left hand, the two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion can still do work on the mat, he just chooses to stand and bang. By his logic, that allows him to whip it out when needed without giving opponents a chance to prepare for it.
Let's see if his theory holds up inside the Octagon on Saturday night in Montreal and if it does, don't expect a hate-filled post-fight call out (like this one), because Hendricks doesn't want to be a "douchebag."