Since the March acquisition of Strikeforce
UFC parent company Zuffa, LLC, fans have clamored for one
cross-promotional bout above all others: a showdown between
dominant welterweight champions Georges
St. Pierre (pictured) and Nick Diaz.
At first, the fight appeared highly likely to come to fruition.
Then, suddenly, in early May, Diaz declared his intention to move
to the boxing ring, and talks of the bout dissipated.
On May 23, however, Diaz’s boxing promoter, Don Chargin, issued a
press release stating that Diaz had decided to stick with MMA due
to an “opportunity of a lifetime.” Around the same time, Diaz was
reportedly summoned to Las Vegas for a meeting with UFC President
On Wednesday, White finally said the words fans longed to hear.
“You wanted it, you got it,” White wrote on Twitter. “GSP vs.
Diaz... UFC 137.”
137 has yet to be officially announced by the promotion, though
White stated that the event will take place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay
Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. No further information was
immediately available, such as whether or not the matchup will be a
title unification bout.
St. Pierre, 30, has reigned over the UFC’s 170-pound division since
2007, defending his title six times and winning a remarkable 33
consecutive rounds. The French Canadian’s latest defense came
against Diaz campmate Jake Shields
in a five-round rout at UFC 129 on April 30.
In sharp contrast to the amiable GSP stands Diaz, 27, a figure
often as brash and controversial as he has been impressive in his
16-month stint as Strikeforce welterweight ace. Diaz’s in-cage
style also differs greatly from his just-announced opponent:
whereas St. Pierre has gone the distance in five of his previous
six bouts, Diaz has finished all but one of his last 10 foes. Most
recently, the Stockton, Calif., native retained his belt by
blasting British striker Paul Daley on