While appearing as a guest on HDNet’s “Inside MMA,” UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (Pictured) made no qualms about who he would prefer to win next month’s interim title bout between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. GSP might be hoping Diaz comes out on top at UFC 143, but it’s certainly not because he’s trying to duck “The Natural Born Killer.”
“I do actually care,” St-Pierre said of his preference. “Carlos Condit is a very nice guy. I never trained with him, but I have trained in Albuquerque along with some of his teammates. I like him a lot. But, the reason why I wish Nick Diaz to win this fight is that I want to fight Nick Diaz. I don’t want to fight Carlos Condit. I want to fight Nick Diaz.
“That’s really the fight that I wanted to have and the fight was going to happen in the beginning. It didn’t happen because he didn’t show up for the promotion … Even though I like Carlos Condit better as a person, I would rather fight Nick Diaz.”
GSP is currently on the mend from a December knee operation. While the injury is the worst he’s suffered during his illustrious career, the 30-year-old promised to return at “110 percent” before the year’s out.
“Hard training will be in July and fighting again, for the timing to get back, I would say in November. I can come back in November,” St-Pierre stated.
Based on his timetable to resume his reign, it would mean either Diaz or Condit would have to wait nine months to try and unify the 170-pound crown. If that’s the case, the interim champ might look to make one title defense before St-Pierre comes back.
Depending upon how is recovery goes and the timing of the interim situation, it’s also possible the UFC could have St-Pierre take a “tune-up” fight to ease his way back into the Octagon.
UFC 143 takes place November 4th inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. St-Pierre will be sitting front and center to scout the action.