GSP explains why he doesn’t want to fight Nate Diaz
Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is the best welterweight of all time. He is trying to establish himself as the greatest fighter of all time, and believes a drop to lightweight could do it. One possible matchup would be Nate Diaz, who has not fought since splitting a pair of fights vs. Conor McGregor, finally earning the millions of dollars he deserves.
GSP said he and his team discussed fighting Nate.
“I considered it,” said St-Pierre as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting. “And I analyzed it, and I talked with Firas (Zahabi), with my trainer and everybody. We were all on the same page on that, it’s not worth it.
“Nate Diaz is an incredible fighter, very well-rounded. However, if you put yourself in my shoes, there’s nothing good that can come out of it except money, and money is not the only thing drives me. If I beat Nate Diaz decisively, most people will say, ‘Ah, he took an easy fight,’ or whatever. The critics will say, ‘He’s a bully. He fought a smaller guy.’ Maybe he’s not even smaller than me. A lot of 155er guys are bigger than me right now. He’s a big guy. He’s about the same size as me, but because I competed at 170 for most of my career, it will make me look bad. It will make me look like a bully, and this is if I win decisively.
“If I win and it’s like a war, back and forth, people will say, ‘Ah, you suck.’ And if I get beat, oh my God, forget it. For my legacy, it’s the end of the world. All of the work I put in is finished. And I could have a bad day. Something that I discovered during my career is that, being the strongest man in the world, that was my dream when I was young. That’s why I did UFC. I wanted to be the strongest man in the world. And I realized over the years, it did not exist. You cannot be the strongest man in the world. This is an illusion.”
“I don’t have much left. And for what I have left, I want to make the big fight, the fight that the fans want to see, want to enjoy. I want, personally for me, to achieve something that is unique, that is rare, that maybe has never been attempted before. That would be something that excites me. And I’m not only driven by money. It’s good to have money, we like money, it drives us all, including myself, but it’s not the unique thing that drives me. There needs to be more than money. There needs to be some kind of achievement that comes with that would excite me.
“Satisfaction is a death blow. If you’re a champion and you’re satisfied, retire, man, because you’re going down. You’re finished. You’re going to get hurt, as an athlete, especially in our game. Everything I do, I go further and further. That’s why I didn’t want to fight Nate Diaz, because if I fight Nate Diaz, it’s been done before. It’s not exciting for me. And I would be going into that fight satisfied, and if I do that, it’s very dangerous. I want to do something like … 155, I never did it before, [getting that] title. Or beating a certain guy that he’s on a freaking rise.”
“It could be Khabib [Nurmagomedov. The thing is with Khabib, he called me out. Physically, now is not a good time for me. I need to wait a little bit. However, I feel the 155 division now, it’s Conor, the champion, there’s Ferguson but I think Ferguson is out, and there’s other guys too, but those are the two guys: Conor and Khabib. But Khabib now I think is the champion, but he needs to fight maybe Conor to be [the man].”
GSP has been recovering from Colitis, wouldn’t give a firm date as to when he would be ready for a fight camp.
“It’s hard to say,” he said. “Maybe a few weeks. Maybe, I think, a few weeks. Maybe one, two, three months max. Maybe, maximum. Maybe less than that. I want to make sure I get past that [colitis], because I feel like if I go back into it [before I’m 100 percent], then it will start all over again, and I don’t want that.
“It was crazy, man. You’re like, what’s happening with me? Am I dying? I don’t want to go back to this. I want to make sure I take care of this stuff.
“When I feel 100 percent, like I don’t feel anything [wrong, then I’ll fight again]. Sometimes I still feel it. When I’m going to eat, I feel not the cramp, not the pain, but I feel inside there’s something different, but it diminishes every week. Every month, it diminishes. I see a difference.”
“Forty years old, I’m a grown man. I’m not going to fight in a freaking cage at 40 years old. So it has to happen fast. And if it doesn’t happen, I’m happy. I’m happy too.”