Nick Diaz says B.J. Penn is "a lot better fighter" than Georges St. PierrePosted on October 24, 2011, 04:02 PM by Joey Santosus
"I think B.J. is a lot better fighter to be honest with you, on a technical standpoint. He’s much better at jiu-jitsu, boxing, even on a physical level I wouldn't count him out. I don’t think he should be fighting at this weight, but I think he’s a much better fighter than GSP all-around.
I would have preferred to fight GSP, of course, because it’s not like I’m fighting somebody that I already know. I’m fighting for the title. That’s why I started this. That’s why I’m fighting for the UFC, because I came to fight for the title. I came for the money. I came to fight for the title. That was the GSP fight. Now I’m not getting that fight." - For more from Nick Diaz, visit MMAWeekly.com
After failing to appear for multiple media commitments, former Strikeforce Welterweight champ Nick Diaz was abruptly yanked from his UFC 137 title fight with Georges St. Pierre and relocated to the co-main event (later promoted to main event) opposite B.J. Penn. As a result, Diaz has not only lost his crack at UFC gold, but according the "The Stockton Bad Boy" he'll now face "a lot better fighter" in "The Prodigy."
Though it should be noted that Penn has come up short against St. Pierre on two separate occasions, once by split decision and again via corner stoppage, Diaz feels the Hawaiian is competing outside of his natural weight class at 170-pounds. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Will Penn provide a much stiffer test for Diaz in his octagon return or did the Cesar Gracie fighter dodge a bullet by not drawing GSP?
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Photo: Nick Diaz celebrates his victory over Gleison Tibau during the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 65 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA, on November 18, 2006. Photo credit: Francis Specker