Georges St-Pierre and Nick DiazA long time rivalry and grudge match will finally be settled in March as UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre meets Nick Diaz in the headline fight for UFC 158 in Montreal.

The two fighters have verbally agreed to the match-up according to sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com, with bout agreements issued for the March 16 showdown in Montreal. LaPresse.ca also reported on Friday that at least Diaz has already signed his agreement with St-Pierre expected to follow suit shortly. MMAFighting.com initially reported the fight earlier this week.

Twice previously, St-Pierre and Diaz have been scheduled to meet, but both times they never actually got into the cage with one another.

The first match-up ended before it began when Diaz failed to appear at a press conference and for other commitments the UFC had made for him leading up to the fight. In response, UFC president Dana White yanked him from the fight, which would have eventually changed anyways because weeks later St-Pierre ended up pulling out due to injury.

The same thing happened for their scheduled bout earlier this year when St-Pierre suffered another setback with his knee that ended with him in surgery and out for the majority of 2012.

Now with St-Pierre healthy and prepared to fight, he asked the UFC for another shot at Diaz in 2013. Diaz is still currently serving out the rest of his time for a suspension handed down from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, after he tested positive for marijuana earlier this year.

Diaz will be eligible to apply for a fight license again in February 2013, well ahead of his newly scheduled bout against St-Pierre.

The one person left on the outside looking in is welterweight contender Johny Hendricks, who had been vying for the top spot in the division with three top ten wins over the last year. Hendricks knocked out Martin Kampmann at UFC 154 to secure his place as the top contender, but the rivalry between St-Pierre and Diaz has trumped that idea.

St-Pierre and Diaz are expected to headline UFC 158 in Montreal on March 16 with the co-main event pitting Rory MacDonald against Carlos Condit.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest UFC news and updates.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Cris Cyborg to headline Invicta event during UFC International Fight Week

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

LOS ANGELES -- Cris "Cyborg" Justino will be an Invicta FC fighter for at least one more event. Justino will headline an Invicta event July 10 in Las Vegas, a card that will be held as part of the UF read news >>

UFC 187 Official with Two World Title Fights Headlining | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

On Memorial Day Weekend, two world title fights headline UFC 187 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Champions Jon Jones and Chris Weidman put their titles on the line. read news >>

UFC's Melbourne debut confirmed for November with UFC 193

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

As expected, the UFC will expand its Australian presence with its first Melbourne event later this year.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

‘Surprised’ with failed drug tests, Anderson Silva suggests rematch with Nick Diaz

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

Anderson Silva failed a couple drug tests for his UFC 183 middleweight clash with Nick Diaz, and he guarantees he has no idea why. In a video interview with TMZ, the former UFC middleweight champion read news >>

Anderson Silva 'surprised' he failed UFC 183 drug test, offers Nick Diaz immediate rematch

  • 24 days ago
  • 96 views

Why did Anderson Silva fail his UFC 183 drug test? Don't ask "The Spider," because the former middleweight champion has no explanation. In fact, when his manager informed him that Nevada State Athlet read news >>

VIDEO: Dana White Believes New York Will Finally Get a UFC in 2015 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

With a dramatic shift in the New York Assembly's balance of power, Dana White is more confident than ever that the UFC will finally be at Madison Square Garden. read news >>

Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves to Headline UFC Fight Night 67

  • 20 days ago
  • 4 views

In what will be his first fight since March 2014, Carlos Condit returns to the Octagon opposite Thiago Alves on May 30 at UFC Fight Night 67. Steven Marrocco, an MMAjunkie writer, reported the bout v read news >>

CM Punk eyes welterweight debut, expected to meet with UFC officials in July

  • 19 days ago
  • 14 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) could have a new face in the crowded welterweight division by the end of the year, as WWE import CM Punk -- who was also considering a debut at middleweight -- is read news >>

Crooklyn's UFC 185 main card breakdown & free Kountermove $250 fantasy tourney

  • 14 days ago
  • 3 views

Crooklyn finally does an official breakdown and offers up a free $250 fantasy cash tourney courtesy of the folks at Kountermove. After a two-week hiatus, the UFC is back this weekend with card number read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: