"I'm excited," St-Pierre told The Canadian Press from Rome, "because it's been a long time he's been talking about me, saying like he's the best, he was saying I was avoiding him and stuff. But I never avoid anybody."
St-Pierre says the time for talking is done.
"Now it's time to walk the walk. It's going to be a good fight."
St-Pierre was in Rome with some of his amateur wrestling training partners, who were competing in a meet there.
It was not immediately clear whether Diaz will vacate his Strikeforce title to challenge St-Pierre.
"For me, I don't care about the other title," St-Pierre said. "The title that means the most to me is UFC. It's the most prestigious one. The UFC is (like) the NFL of football, the Stanley Cup of hockey. That's the one that everyone's wants to have.
"I don't care about gaining the Strikeforce title. I'm a UFC guy and I want to stay in the UFC the rest of my career. That's where I belong."
Either way, St-Pierre says he is fighting for more than a championship belt.
"Right now I'm champion. I don't care about fighting for a title. I care about fighting the name and Nick Diaz, he's the guy to beat right now. He's the guy that a lot of people rank him even No. 1 so that's why I want to fight him."
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