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Georges St-Pierre: Nick Diaz made a mistake by agreeing to fight Anderson Silva at UFC 183

But had the Stockton slugger agreed to a catchweight instead of middleweight, "GSP would give him the edge against "The Spider."

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One of the most highly-anticipated "super fights" that never came to be, and likely never will, was one pitting former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, against former UFC welterweight king, Georges St-Pierre.

Instead, we get to see Nick Diaz take "GSP's" place, as the Stockton slugger has agreed to take on "The Spider" at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A fight that will be contested at middleweight.

While the bout has the makings of an epic fight, Diaz made a mistake by agreeing to face the former pound-for-pound king in his weight class instead of agreeing for a catchweight bout, according to "GSP." Had that been the case, then "Rush" would lean towards Diaz defeating the Brazilian bomber.

St-Pierre explained his stance during his recent appearance on Chael Sonnen's podcast, "You're Welcome:"

"To tell you the truth, I would have maybe favored Diaz if the fight had been at a catchweight. I would have favored him, because it's a five-round fight. Diaz is a very durable fighter. I've seen him in very bad positions and in a lot of trouble and he is very, very hard to finish. Maybe it happened, but I can't remember seeing a guy finish Nick Diaz. He is durable. So, the way I see this fight going, now it's different because they fight in Anderson Silva's weight class. I believe Diaz made a mistake by accepting that fight at 185. I think he should've made it a catchweight, it would have been more fair. I believe that in the early part of the fight, I believe Silva will have an advantage. But if Diaz can survive and weather the storm, I believe he can come back strong for the last part of the fight, the fourth and fifth round. He is very durable fighter and he brings a different intensity to the fight. He makes you feel claustrophobic because he brings a lot of pressure and he is constantly pushing forward. It's very hard to fight a guy like him. Especially in the later rounds."

And St-Pierre speaks through experience, too, as he went toe-to-toe against Nick for 25-grueling minutes at UFC 158 back in 2013.

In the end, "Rush" was able to outpoint the former Strikeforce champion on the judges' scorecards. Diaz is more than capable of doing the same to Silva when they collide next year, but only if he can weather the sure-fire storm that will come from one of the most aggressive fighters in the sport.

Then again, since Silva is returning from such a devastating injury and long layoff, the level of intensity might have gone down a notch or two.

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