Early this month, UFC president Dana White announced his plans of booking a lightweight fight between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz. It is an idea that Diaz immediately shut down, while calling out the two-division UFC champion a “cheater” in the process.
St-Pierre, on the other hand, believes a fight against Diaz would only be a lose-lose situation for him, especially with how harsh his detractors can get.
“Nate Diaz is an incredible fighter, very well rounded,” St-Pierre said on the recent episode of the JRE MMA Show (transcript via MMAjunkie). “If you put yourself in my shoes there’s nothing good that can come out of it except for money, and money isn’t the only thing that drives me. If I beat Nate Diaz decisively, most people will say, ‘He took an easy fight.’”
“The (critics) will say, ‘He’s a bully. He fought a smaller guy that competes at a smaller (division),’” he continued. “A lot of (lightweight) guys are bigger than me right now. He’s about the same size as me, but because I compete at 170 for most of my career, it will make me look bad. It will make me look like a bully. And this is if I win decisively.”
“If I win decisively, and it’s a war back and forth, people will say, ‘Ah, he sucks.’ If I get beat? Oh my God, forget it. For my legacy it’s the end of the work I put in. It’s finished. And I could have a bad day.”
St-Pierre does plan to move down to 155-pounds, which would be the third weight class that he would be competing. And if it does push through, he is only looking for a fight that would benefit his overall legacy, as he always did.
He also welcomes all naysayers who criticize him for his career decisions.
“I want to do something that … at 155, I never did it before,” St-Pierre said. “The title, or beating a certain guy that’s on the rise. It could be Khabib Nurmagomedov, (or) if there’s another guy that is unbeatable.”
“If I come back like, ‘Georges is never going to beat him.’ You say never, I’m going to love it,” he added. “When Dana said I would never come back, it excited me. If it’s never been done before, and it means if I do it, that will excite me.”
“There’s a lot of things that turn me on in life. It’s women, dinosaurs and this. That really makes me go crazy.”
St-Pierre was forced to drop the middleweight belt due to the ulcerative colitis that he has been dealing with during his training for the Michael Bisping fight at UFC 217 last November. According to his coach Firas Zahabi, it could likely take a year or two before the 37-year-old Canadian fighter can return to action.