Georges St. Pierre thinks Nick Diaz should reconsider his
decision to retire from MMA. | Photo: Sherdog.com
UFC welterweight champion Georges
St. Pierre doesn’t want Nick Diaz to
walk away from MMA.
Immediately after his loss to Carlos
Condit on Saturday at UFC 143, Diaz said in the Octagon that he
would not fight again. St. Pierre doesn’t exactly like the
outspoken welterweight, but he doesn’t think he should retire.
“As far as Diaz, of course I would like to fight him because he
thinks he’s better than me,” St. Pierre told the Sherdog Radio
Network’s “It’s Time” show with Bruce Buffer. “I think I’m
better than him. But I think he should not retire. He did all of
the sacrifice in his life to be where he’s at right now. He’s at
the highest point of his career, and if he retires now, he’s left a
lot of money on the table that could pay for all of the sacrifices
he has made during all those years. I think the sport of mixed
martial arts needs a guy like him.”
Condit defeated Diaz via unanimous decision -- a call that Diaz
clearly disagreed with. St. Pierre watched the bout but didn’t
score it. He complimented both fighters, and although he hoped to
fight Diaz, he now wants to take on Condit.
“Of course because of the emotion I wanted to fight Diaz, but now I
want to fight Condit,” St. Pierre said. “I want to fight the best
man, and the best man is Condit.”
That doesn’t mean St. Pierre isn’t open to a meeting with Diaz down
the line, though, should Diaz decide to stick around.
“I wanted to fight him because of what he was, not because of what
he said,” St. Pierre explained. “He was ranked No. 1 before that
fight. … As much as we dislike each other, I like the guy in a way
that I need a guy like him to motivate me and to make me a better
Listen to the full interview
(beginning at 1:14).