In his latest article, Kevin Iole takes a look at the situation surronding Georges St-Pierre, a title fight against Nick Diaz in March:
St-Pierre had three options: Move up to fight middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a catch-weight bout, defend the title against obvious No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks, or defend it against bitter rival and top draw Nick Diaz.
A fight against Silva would have made the most money, but after having been sidelined for 19 months by injury, St-Pierre understandably wants to remain active. He said that after his successful title defense against Carlos Condit on Nov. 17 in Montreal, he was back working out three days later.
In order to fight Silva, who walks around at more than 220 pounds, St-Pierre would have had to bulk himself up considerably. He walks around between fights in the high 180s and said that if he chose to go up, it would not only take months to put on the needed muscle, but he likely wouldn't be able to drop back down to welterweight.
The fact that a portion of the fan base is outraged that St-Pierre opted for Diaz and the big money speaks to the fact that most of the time, UFC champions face the logical No. 1 contender.
In a sport like fighting, however, where a career can end in a split-second, one shouldn't fault an athlete for accepting the fight that will pay him the most. It's a business and none of his fans will pay his bills if St-Pierre is injured and can't fight again.
When you find yourself at St-Pierre's level, you take the money to secure yourself for the future. He did that.
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So UG, did Georges St-Pierre make the right decision in choosing to fight Nick Diaz and avoiding fights with Anderson Silva or Johny Hendricks?