Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz II, anyone?
GSP vs. Diaz headlined UFC 158, which saw then-welterweight champion GSP beat Diaz via unanimous decision to retain his 170-pound title.
It’s estimated that the main event secured around 950,000 pay-per-view buys and, with both fighters looking to return to the Octagon in the coming months, a rematch could very well be another box office success.
St-Pierre has officially enrolled in the United States Anti-Doping Agency drug testing program and must wait four months before he can return to the cage. Coincidentally, the UFC are hosting an event in GSP’s backyard of Toronto, Canada on December 10, exactly four months from when he enlisted with the USADA. The French-Canadian said ‘all the stars are aligned’ for a return in front of his home crowd, which has proven to be massively popular for the UFC in the past.
On Thursday, GSP revealed more details of his return to MMA Fighting and hinted that Diaz could be a likely opponent.
“It could be very possible to happen,” GSP said, slyly.
Both men have a heated rivalry and Diaz appeared to be the first fighter to really get under St-Pierre’s skin prior to UFC 158. The former champ, who vacated his belt after narrowly beating Johny Hendricks in a controversial split decision at UFC 167, said he’d like to settle the score with Diaz.
“I beat him, but there was a lot of animosity,” St-Pierre said. “I didn’t feel I fought well that fight. He says I poisoned him and all that kind of stuff. Whatever. He has very good excuses. Even myself, I could make excuses, but I’m not that type of guy. Trust me when I say I didn’t fight as well as I wanted to and it would be fun to do it again.”
Diaz, who was suspended for 18 months after one of his drug tests from UFC 183 came back positive for marijuana metabolites, is back on the roster and also looking for a big-money fight.
If the stars truly are aligned, St-Pierre vs. Diaz II could headline UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Canada.
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