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GSP goes off on Nick Diaz, calls him an ‘uneducated fool’

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There’s a reason Dana White gets so frustrated when Nick Diaz skips his media responsibilities before a fight. On Thursday, we saw exactly why.

Diaz baited Georges St-Pierre several times throughout Thursday’s UFC 158 media conference call, prompting angry responses from the champion while successfully promoting their Mar. 16 fight in Montreal. Diaz commented multiple times about GSP’s alleged privileged lifestyle, leading to several heated exchanges between the two. GSP denied Diaz’s accusations and fired back at his opponent, calling him an “uneducated fool.”

Diaz’s rant seemed to be inspired by GSP’s revelation that he has never tweeted and that he actually has staffers who handle that for him. That seemed to set off Diaz, who dropped several curse words throughout his incoherent rambling.

You can listen to the exchange below. Beware that the language is NSFW:

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GSP denies report that he wants $50 million to fight Anderson Silva

Georges St-Pierre is denying a report that says he wants $50 million to fight Anderson Silva.

Last week MMA reporter Mike Straka said on “The MMA Beat” that he heard St-Pierre wanted $50 million to fight Silva because he felt he needed a huge monetary guarantee to face such a dangerous opponent.

GSP said on Sunday that he had not heard about the report, and that it’s false.

“I have not been informed of this, it is not true,” St-Pierre said in French (translation provided by Google). “Nobody told me about it and I am in France now, I have not seen the article (Mike Straka). I will not comment.”

We chose not to share the original report from Straka because it seemed loosely sourced and we did not find it credible. St-Pierre is one of the highest-compensated fighters in the UFC (probably the highest), so it would not be surprising to hear him demand around $15 million for a fight of this caliber, but there is no way he would be demanding more than what Floyd Mayweather makes in a fight. That just doesn’t seem right.

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GSP: Anderson Silva fight will happen when I want it to

Those who were hoping to see Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva fight next year will likely be left disappointed.

UFC president Dana White said in September that a GSP-Anderson Silva superfight was close to happening, and likely to take place at Cowboys Stadium. While Silva is busy filming his first movie, GSP is coming off a win over Carlos Condit that was supposed to be the precursor to the superfight. St-Pierre says that fight isn’t as close to happening as many thought.

During an interview with Radio-Canada’s “Tout Le Monde en Parle” on Sunday night, GSP said a fight with Silva would happen on his terms. Here’s a translation of what he said via MMA Fighting.

“He wants to fight me so he can then retire. I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next? These days, yeah, there’s a lot of money to be made, but I don’t fight for the money. My motivation is to be the best. Like we said, to be the Wayne Gretzky of my sport. So if I fight him, what happens next? It will be over. So yes, I want the fight, but I want to take it when I decide the time is right, not when he wants the fight to happen.

“On top of that, he weighs 234 pounds; I weigh 188. So there’s a big weight difference. I’ve fought guys who were bigger — I’m not scared of him — it’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me. I just came back from an injury, there’s money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there, and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won’t be able to come back to my weight class.

“First and foremost, I have things to do at 170 pounds. When I am ready and when I want the fight, that’s when it will happen.”

The thoughts from GSP come as no surprise. In March 2011, he expressed reluctance about stepping up in weight to face Silva, citing the exact same reasons. However, unless St-Pierre is talking about fighting Nick Diaz who has been calling him out, then I’m not sure what he has left to prove at his weight.

Nick Diaz: GSP is a p—y who can’t take a punch

Nick Diaz was back with his dashboard cam-style videos, providing analysis for last weekend’s UFC 154 card while criticizing Georges St-Pierre.

Two videos were published on YouTube Wednesday, but the uploader indicates the videos were recorded Saturday Nov. 17 before GSP beat Carlos Condit in Montreal.

Here’s what Diaz said via MMA Mania:

“Then you look at Georges, like Georges is a f—ing p—y,” Diaz says in the video. “So if he takes a punch from Condit it’s like, ‘what are you gonna do, bro? You can’t take that punch!’ You’ll see Condit come out, boom, boom, and all of a sudden Georges has fallen victim and it’s terrible. Georges can’t take those punches like that. He’s got Freddie Roach in there babying him up, I don’t think he’s doing any serious work with anybody, I don’t think he’s giving anybody any serious work. I don’t think they would be confident having him spar with somebody that’s going to put real punches on him.”

Diaz also analyzed the Condit-St-Pierre fight and talked about the strategy GSP would likely use. His predictions were pretty accurate, though he says GSP’s techniques wouldn’t work on him.

Diaz has been calling out GSP for a while, and the two were actually supposed to fight in February until St-Pierre pulled out with an injury. Nick is currently under a one-year suspension after testing positive for marijuana following his loss to Condit. He will be eligible to fight again in February, and it seems like he’s angling for another chance at GSP.

Below is video of his comments (NSFW language):

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Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit – tale of the tape

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On Monday, we listed the top five reasons to watch Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Saturday in Montreal (and we didn’t even get to the undercard). Today we’re going to break down the tale of the tape between the fighters who will square off in the main event.

Georges St-Pierre (22-2) – 31 years old, 5’11″, 170 lbs.
- Hasn’t lost since 2007
- Well-rounded fighter, but he hasn’t finished any of his last five opponents
- Possesses good striking skills
- Is a strong grappler (77% success rate on takedowns) and loves going for takedowns
- Well trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has good wrestling skills
- Has very good takedown defense (88% avoided)

Carlos Condit (28-5) – 28 years old, 6’2″, 170 lbs.
- Has finished all but four of his fights by knockout or submission
- Recorded 3 knockouts in his last four fights (two KOs of the night)
- 43% success rate on strikes, including a 68% mark standing
- Vulnerable defending takedowns (only at 47%)
- Has a big height/length advantage over GSP
- Gets hit 39% of the time with strikes

GSP often sees his best success when he’s taking down opponents, and either ground-and-pounding them or submitting them. His success with takedowns coupled with Condit’s vulnerability suggests GSP will be able to take the fight to the ground. Condit’s best chance will be to keep the fight standing, where he has his greatest success rate with striking. Rather than employ a similar strategy to one he used against Nick Diaz, he will be best off trying to score a knockout against St-Pierre. He has to keep in mind that GSP is disciplined and won’t fight foolishly.

Condit will be lucky if St-Pierre proves to have lost some quickness following his ACL injury, which would make defending takedowns against him somewhat easier. That will be his main concern, because he won’t want to spend most of the fight on his back where he would be unlikely to win.

UFC 154: Top five reasons to watch Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit

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UFC 154 is taking place on Saturday at Bell Centre in Quebec, and it’s being headlined by Canada’s favorite fighter: Georges St-Pierre. GSP will be facing Carlos Condit for the UFC welterweight title. It’s a good card and the main event is a big one, so we’ll share with you the top five reasons why you should watch.

1. Will this lead to a GSP-Anderson Silva superfight?

One of the biggest reasons to watch this fight is to see whether or not we end up with the big superfight we’ve been thinking about for years. Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva were considered to be the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and there was a clamor to see them face each other. UFC boss Dana White said in September that an Anderson Silva-GSP superfight was likely to take place at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Only one thing stands in the way: Carlos Condit.

2. Can Condit be the spoiler again?

“The Natural Born Killer” seems to be a perfect nickname for Condit, because the guy has the potential to kill plans. He did it in February at UFC 143 when he won a decision against Nick Diaz, who had won 11 fights in a row and seemed in line to face Anderson Silva. He has the potential to spoil another heavily-hyped fight if he can pull off another win.

3. How will GSP look in his first fight back?

GSP hasn’t fought since beating Jake Shields by unanimous decision at UFC 129 on April 30, 2011. GSP was considered to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world at the time, along with Anderson Silva. The UFC was going to set him up against Nick Diaz at UFC 137, but he pulled out with a knee injury. It was later revealed that St-Pierre had an ACL injury and would be out 10 months. GSP only resumed full training back at the end of June. Ring rust is generally a major issue for fighters, so one has to wonder whether St-Pierre will be back in top form after a year-and-a-half layoff.

4. Will Condit engage St-Pierre?

Condit was heavily criticized for his approach against Nick Diaz at UFC 143. Diaz was very much the aggressor, while Condit picked and chose his spots. Many fans were upset with Condit’s approach, and they are fed up his trainer Greg Jackson for encouraging the style. Jackson trains both GSP and Condit, so he is not working with either one for this fight in order to stay impartial. Will the lack of instruction from Jackson result in a more aggressive approach from Condit?

5. Will GSP be able to finish?

St-Pierre was thought to be at the top of his game when he submitted Matt Hughes, TKOd Matt Serra, won a decision against Jon Fitch, and beat B.J. Penn by TKO during a four-fight winning streak. Though GSP has won nine fights in a row, his last four bouts have gone the distance and he has been criticized for his inability to finish fights. Top fighters in the world like Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have shown more prowess by winning their recent fights by knockout or submission, while GSP has been less impressive in his wins.

Anderson Silva vs. GSP fight seems likely

After Anderson Silva beat Stephen Bonnar at UFC 153 over the weekend, the cries for the Spider to face Jon Jones grew. UFC President Dana White even talked about locking the two men in the room and getting them to agree to fight, despite each of their reluctance to face one another. But now that we know Jon Jones’ next fight will be against Chael Sonnen in April, we can forget about Silva vs. Jones next.

Instead, what we’re likely to see for Silva’s next fight is a superfight with Georges St-Pierre.

GSP is set to face Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Nov. 17 in Montreal. Should he win that fight — which is no guarantee — a match with Silva seems likely.

White said in September that if the two were to fight, it would be at a catch weight and likely to take place at Cowboys Stadium. Silva indicated over the weekend that he’d be interested in facing St-Pierre.

“I think it’d be a great challenge for me,” Silva said, per MMA Fighting. “I prefer him over Jon Jones. He’s smaller. It’ll be a little bit easier. I’ll be hit less.”

This is pure speculation based on the information that’s available, but it seems that fight would be likely as long as GSP wins. If he loses, then your best guess is as good as mine.