According to MMAWeekly, it will no longer be “Business as usual” between the UFC and their little brothers. Although Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz inked a multi-year contract extension to remain with the San Jose, California based promotion in December, it appears he will be the next to challenge UFC king Georges St-Pierre for his crown.
The 170-pound title unification bout is expected to take place December 10th in GSP’s hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Bell Centre will host the Octagon’s return up north.
When UFC Canada’s director of operations Tom Wright announced the event earlier this week, he also mentioned something he had heard through the grapevine.
“Well, I’ve heard about the Nick Diaz-GSP fight, but it is too early (to tell),” Wright said.
After St-Pierre successfully defended his belt against Jake Shields last month at UFC 129, company president Dana White touched on Zuffa, LLC’s first potential crossover fight, but suggested he didn’t want to interfere with existing contracts.
“I imagine I could do whatever I wanted to do if I really wanted to, but we have a contract with Showtime and [Diaz is] a Showtime fighter. I don’t know, we’re going to have to see how this whole thing works out. That’s an interesting fight,” White stated at post-fight presser.
Although December will mark roughly seven months between bouts, the timing sounds about right for St-Pierre. Canada’s golden boy has been competing only twice a year since 2008.
After putting Paul Daley down in thrilling scrap in April, Diaz expressed great displeasure in the lack of zeros in his paycheck. In search of greener pastures, he signed to face former IBF and IBO super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy in a boxing match this coming fall.
However, the controversial grappler reportedly met with White at the UFC’s corporate office in Las Vegas this past Wednesday to discuss his future.
According to the report, ‘GSP vs. Diaz’ could be announced as early as next week.