Before Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz finally share the Octagon at UC 158 just hours from now at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the two welterweight championship competitors were forced to endure one final formality:
For mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, the weigh-ins are the last time they will see stand face-to-face (see the staredown pic here) with their opponent before colliding inside the cage. Some fighters are casual when stepping on the scale, others use the moment as one final opportunity to try and intimidate their opponent.
Just moments after successfully making weight, St. Pierre and Diaz appeared on the FUEL TV weigh-in show to share some finals thoughts on their highly anticipated title bout with correspondent Ariel Helwani less than 24-hours away from UFC 158.
First, the champion talked about the staredown, if Diaz crossed the line with his steroid allegations, playing mind games with Diaz in the fight and how he is going to win.
On the staredown:
"The fight is tomorrow, today is just for the show."
On the steroid allegations:
"I don't mind, it doesn't bother me I'm going to win. I'm going to beat him tomorrow that's it, that's all."
On mind games in the fight:
"Hopefully he wastes his energy trying to do it, I'm only focusing on the fight.
On if he'll try to beat Diaz up for 25 minutes to prove a point:
"No, I'm going to try and go for the finish and if I have an opportunity, for sure."
On how he'll win the fight:
"I'm going to finish him -- knockout or submission hopefully."
The challenger also spoke with Helwani on the FUEL TV weigh-in broadcast, sharing his thoughts on the weigh-in stare down with "Rush," if this fight is the peak of his career's work and if he thinks he is going into the fight at a disadvantage due to the fact he believes St. Pierre is on steroids.
On the staredown:
"He's was just trying to keep me back, he didn't want me to get up in his face, but, I dunno, it's just a weigh-in."
On if the fight is the culmination of his life's work:
"Sure, yeah. It feels pretty good, everything feels pretty natural and I don't know, I feel good."
On if he is going into the fight with an unfair disadvantage because of steroid allegations:
"I'd have to think about that question a little bit, I don't want to say anything, ‘Oh, you know.' I feel like I'm always at a slight disadvantage. I feel a lot better though having a year off, so regardless of whatever disadvantages that might be at hand right now, I feel great."
One more sleep until pay-per-view (PPV) showtime, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., March 16, 2013), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. The latest quick updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 6:30 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on Facebook and FX Channel.