Georges St Pierre is the epitome of a champion. He’s class personified, a martial artist in the purest sense and he isn’t up for a war of words or to allow what he perceives as his legacy to be tarnished by losing to Nick Diaz. Say whatever you want about Nick Diaz, most people do. I like Nick, I’ve liked him since he was doing his thing the first time in the UFC, but somewhere along the line, for Nick it went from being a champion, and being a warrior to him feeling mistreated and disrespected. He changed, I mean, maybe he was the same the whole time, but as a fan he undoubtedly seems to be upset about a bunch of things that shouldn’t really concern him. He’s upset at the photos they use for posters; he’s upset about what his opponents are saying about him, he’s upset that soccer moms in Lodi aren’t pulling for him. If you’re Nick Diaz, and you’re at the door ready to kick it in and cash in on everything you say you want, why cry about that? Are you not pampered? Win the fight, get pampered. It’s not rocket science. He has been given an opportunity to become the champion, an opportunity he doesn’t frankly deserve. He’s won one fight since returning to the UFC, lost one fight, and served a one year suspension for his second failed marijuana test in Nevada. Now, he says he changed some things and “hopes he doesn’t test positive.” What!?!? Can you imagine Overeem saying, “Hope I don’t test hot after my next fight.” It would be an epic sh*tstorm the likes of which is rarely seen. All the while, Georges sits in a chair, clad in a tailor made suit with a quiet rage pulsing through him. Every time Nick Diaz fumbles for a response, it boils. Every time Nick refers to him as a “Motherf*cker” it boils. Whenever Nick makes an excuse for something, it boils. Nick can’t make the open workout, because he needed some sleep. It’s inopportune for him to make press conferences. Does he think it’s not inconvenient for every other member of the roster that is forced to do the same thing, and does so as a matter of it being part of their occupation? Georges St Pierre got mad like this once before. He got tired of being called “Frenchie.” That’s it, just Frenchie. It wasn’t “Frenchie Mother F*cker” or “Frenchie with a woof ticket selling bullsh*t” Just Frenchie. The man who called him that took a thrashing. It was in the same building Nick will face Georges in Saturday night. Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Georges doesn’t like that it’s considered hip or cool to be discourteous in the martial arts. He doesn’t like that he has to play by the rules, and Nick doesn’t. Nick smokes; he sleeps in and misses workouts. He no-shows press requirements and blows off camera crews. Lord forbid a member of the media brings that to his attention, or Uncle Dana will lash out with his whip, and call you a trouble maker. Quick, put Ariel Helwani and Nick Diaz in a room together and pick out which one is the trouble maker. I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with Nick Diaz. George sees these things and the anger inside him swells. Those around him, who are not promoting a fight, say he’s an angry, angry man. He’s the most talented Welterweight in the world, and now he’s pissed off. I think that would make for a long night if you’re Nick Diaz. Do you know how mad Georges has to be to call another martial artist “an uneducated fool”? That is a redlining GSP…spinning out of control. Another side note that came out of the foolishness that has been media calls, and press conferences is a little insight as to how the UFC markets these fights. Quotes are just being put together, that may have been said years ago, to promote the fight and make viewers think there’s more to it than there is. George’s now notorious “dark place” comes from a quote he doesn’t even remember giving. He has no idea when it was said, how long ago, or for even which challenger. Yet it’s glued to this fight, and we all are made to assume he said it in the UFC offices, last week, for a UFC 158 promo. Both fighters have acknowledged that they have no clue where some of this is coming from. It’s coming from the UFC, putting together promotion for a fight. These things have all caused a perfect storm of anger to the Zen like GSP. If you think he’s going to allow himself to lose this fight, and allow Diaz to become “pampered” you’re out of your tree. GSP will take Nick down, time and time again. He’ll land a Superman punch, and I’d say look out for high kicks. Diaz will do what he does, he’ll hold his hands up, and he’ll paw and throw shots at GSP. He’ll talk to him, probably flip him off between rounds, and do whatever he can to stop what will more than likely be twenty five minutes of abuse at the hands and elbows of an angry St. Pierre. Nick will eat jabs, jabs that will cut him and cause swelling. When Nick goes to throw, he’ll be taken down. The game plan is out there for anyone who wants to study it. You can check this out at the library today. In the end, even with GPS’s game plan in hand, a discouraged, wounded Nick Diaz can do nothing but wear the thumping he’s going to be given. Not because he deserves to be beaten, but because it’s the only way this can go down. GSP is going to dominate and dismantle Nick Diaz, not because he necessarily wants to, but because he has to.
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