When Georges St-Pierre speaks, people listen and the former welterweight champion recently went on the record about the upcoming fight between Nick Diaz and Anderson.
GSP believes that Diaz made an error in judgment at accepting a match against the former middleweight champion in his weight class.
“To tell you the truth, I would maybe favor Diaz if the fight had been at a catchweight,” St-Pierre said on a recent edition of Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome” podcast. “Because if it is a five-round, Diaz is a very durable fighter. I have seen him in a lot of trouble and he is very, very hard to finish.”
The Canadian’s opinion carries weight (pun intended) as he was the sports top fighter alongside Silva for many years, often leading to speculation that the two would meet in a dream match-up. In addition, GSP fought Diaz and defeated him via decision at UFC 158.
“Now it is different because it is in Anderson Silva’s weight class,” St-Pierre said. “Which I believe Diaz made a mistake at accepting that fight at 185 instead of, I think he should have made a catchweight would have been more fair.
St-Pierre offered his opinion on how the fight would go down.
“I believe that in the early part of the fight that Silva will have an advantage. But if Diaz can survive will weather the storm, I believe he can come back strong at the end, the last part of the fight, maybe the fourth and fifth round. He’s a very durable fighter and he brings to the fight, when you fight, he’s talking to you, and he brings a different intensity that I’ve never seen seen before. And I felt like a little bit, you feel claustrophobic a little bit because he’s constantly pushing you forward and it’s very hard to fight a guy like him. Especially in the later rounds.”
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