Diaz has a message for UFC welterweight champion Georges St.
“To be honest, I’d like a rematch,” Diaz said in an interview with
Fox Sports after falling via unanimous decision in the main event
158 at Bell Centre in Montreal. “Georges St. Pierre, if you
would give me a rematch, I’d really appreciate it, because I think
I can beat you.”
Just moments after seeing the UFC champion’s hand raised, Diaz said
he was contemplating leaving mixed martial arts in a post-fight
interview reminiscent to the one he gave following a defeat to
Condit last year.
“Like I said, I’m trying to retire and get out of this gig, but I
would like a rematch [with St. Pierre],” Diaz told Fox Sports. “I
think I can beat you, I really do. I think I can stop the takedowns
in the first two rounds, and you’d have to fight me the whole
fight, and I think I’d beat you. I’m not hurt.”
Diaz found himself on the bottom during much of the bout’s opening
10 minutes, with St. Pierre using jabs and superman punches to
upset the Californian’s timing and set up double-leg takedowns.
“I think I could have stopped the takedowns. I think I could have
gotten the takedowns, come to think of it. I was just really flat,”
said Diaz. “I slept like all the way until eight o’clock at night.
This Canada thing, I knew it was going to be something to deal
with, but I didn’t know if the sleep that I was getting today was
going to work with me or against me. The third and fourth round, I
felt real good. The fifth round, I was a little worn out, but the
first two rounds, I think I was just moving really slow. I was
hoping for a knockout.”
Diaz did have his moments in rounds three and four, catching the
champion with flurries of clean punches to the head and body.
Ultimately, however, St. Pierre continued with his takedown attack
and stifled much of Diaz’s ground game, earning scores of 50-45 in
a clean sweep with the cageside judges. Though Diaz believes his
business with St. Pierre remains unfinished, the former Strikeforce
titlist does not appear certain that his request will be
“If I don’t get a rematch, then who am I going to fight? I’m not
going to fight any of these guys out here. They came in after me.
Georges is the only one,” said Diaz. “I’ve done everything I set
out to do. I’ve fought everybody who started when I did in my era.
I don’t want to get in there and jump around with these new kids. I
don’t think Georges wants to fight Anderson
Silva. I really don’t think he does, so if he [doesn’t], and
they make that Johny
Hendricks [match], Johny Hendricks is probably going to get
worked. Whatever happens there, I’ll take a rematch if I can get
it. I doubt he’ll give me one. I don’t think he wants to fight me