Georges St-Pierre Believes Nick Diaz Can Still Be Champion


Former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight king Georges St-Pierre believes Nick Diaz still has what it takes to compete with the best and even be champion. In a recent interview with Marc Raimondi, ‘GSP’ stated that Diaz’s game is ‘very, very, very underrated’ and is one of the best.

St-Pierre fought Diaz back in 2013 for the Welterweight title at UFC 158, where GSP earned a unanimous decision victory and retained his strap. Diaz is looking to return to the octagon for the first time in more than five years after a successful test cut and his old opponent suspects that Diaz can still compete at the highest level even after the lengthy layoff outside the octagon.

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“I wish him the best, I love to see him fight,” St-Pierre stated. “I just wish and hope that he comes back as good or even better than he was. I believe he can be champion. He has a crazy style. He comes forward, and his game is very, very, very underrated. When you fight him, you feel the feeling of claustrophobic.”

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“He’s playing with your mind. He’s very well-rounded. I think he can get up there and cause a lot of problems to a lot of guys.” St-Pierre also believes that Diaz should’ve fought former champion Tyron Woodley when he had the belt, “I always said it, I believe when Tyron Woodley was champion, he should have gone and fight Tyron. It would have been a great fight for the fans, and he would have had a chance to win because of the style.”

“Now, the champion is Kamaru Usman, who’s a different style of fighting. I don’t know how he’s going to match with that, but he should give it a shot before it’s too late, he’ll regret it. If he feels as sharp as he was or even better, he should do it.” (Transcribed by MMA Mania)

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St-Pierre last stepped in the octagon at UFC 217 when he beat Michael Bisping to be the Middleweight champion, since then St-Pierre has retired but there are still rumours that a fight against Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov might happen down the line.

Do you think Diaz can be champion if he comes back?