Dana White is targeting UFC 227 to host a lightweight bout between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz.
The UFC is planning a fight between two very popular stars in Nate Diaz and Georges St-Pierre, and interestingly enough, Dana White says he wants this bout to happen at 155 lbs.
“We’ve been offering Nate Diaz fights. In his contract, I have to give them three fights a year. If I fail to give them three fights a year, then I have to pay them. I have honored my contract with those guys — they keep turning down the fights, which extends their contract,” White said about Diaz on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, before announcing some of their plans.
“But we are working right now to put together a Georges St-Pierre vs Nate Diaz fight. It is true, and they would fight at 155-pounds,” he said.
White says they are targeting this for UFC 227, which means GSP vs Diaz would surprisingly not be headlining their own pay-per-view card.
“In my perfect world, if everything goes perfect — and nothing ever goes perfect in this world — (UFC 227 will have) Dillashaw vs Garbrandt, GSP vs Diaz would be the co-main, Gustafsson vs Rockhold and Brunson vs Antonio Carlos Jr.”
White also mentioned that while they are indeed working on Alexander Gustafsson vs Luke Rockhold for the same card, it will not be for the interim lightweight belt as rumored on social media.
For what it’s worth, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani states that there are still a “few hurdles” before the GSP vs Nate bout becomes finalized.
UFC is interested, no doubt, but I’d categorize the talks as preliminary right now. Both men, quite recently, expressed very little interest in the fight for differing reasons. Few hurdles. https://t.co/UF8tQ5276m
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 8, 2018
If it does come to fruition though, it would mean that St-Pierre would be dropping 30 lbs from his last bout in November, where he bulked up and won the UFC middleweight title. GSP is already a two-division champion, and this high profile bout in his third weight class could also conceivably serve as a title eliminator at lightweight.
In 2013, St-Pierre beat Nate’s older brother in Nick Diaz.