Georges St. Pierre talks Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn, his Injuries, and moving to LightweightPosted on October 28, 2011, 02:41 PM by Joey Santosus
Reinging Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, who was forced to withdraw from his UFC 137 title defense against Carlos Condit, discusses the injury the forced him out of the fight, as well as the newly scheduled main event, B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz. St. Pierre also talks about recent remarks made by his coach, Firas Zahabi, recommending the Canadian cut down to 155-pounds. Photo: Francis Specker
On Nick Diaz
Yea, of course, I'm upset about (not fighting Nick Diaz), but what can I do? This is out of my control. I try to control stuff that I can control, but this is out of my control.
(The UFC) is a different level (than Strikeforce) of course, but he fought Paul Daley. Paul Daley is a UFC veteran. The thing is, look at the fight. Nick Diaz won in the first round, but this fight could have went either way. He got dropped like two times by Paul Daley. So, Paul Daley got very close to winning that fight as well. It was a win, first-round TKO, but it was not a complete domination. It was like flipping a coin almost.
On his injuries
Something that I need to say - The injury that I have right now, I cannot do lateral movements and I cannot grapple at all. So, nobody would have taken a fight injured like I am. Yea, maybe with some little bruise, but with an injury like I have, a strained MCL, a strained hamstring, you cannot take a fight like this. It's impossible. If you fight like this, you're going to get killed in like one minute because you cannot move. You do not have the ability, stability, or mobility that you need to have as an athlete. At this level, you'll get destroyed. ... Believe me, if it would have been small stuff, I would have fought. I'm very tough on my body and the people around me had to pull me out of the fight.
On B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz
I don't know. I want the best guy to win, that's what I want. I think maybe B.J. Penn has an edge on paper, but sometimes things don't happen the way we expect. We'll see what's going to happen.
On moving to Lightweight
No, the thing is, people talk to me about changing weight class. For me, it would be easier to go down than to go up. The reason is my weight, I walk around between 185-190. But, the thing is, I don't want to go to Lightweight because I don't want to get smaller as a human being. As a man, I want to be bigger as possible, you know? I'm good as what I am, as a Welterweight right now. People want me to go up, but we'll see. One day if the timing is good and the person, maybe I will, but it will take time. Changing weight, it's hard to do. People ask me this question sometimes, so we'll see what's going happen.
Further Reading: Georges St. Pierre's trainer recommends a drop to Lightweight