What’s Next for Georges St-Pierre? Middleweight Division or Nick Diaz?

The biggest question for most people following the conclusion of UFC 129 is what’s next for welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre?

After dispatching of the top contender in the division in the form of Jake Shields, the Canadian champion seemingly has cleaned out the best of the best at welterweight. Options appear open for him to try his hand at 185 pounds in the near future.

Hold on just one second.

There is one fighter out there in the top part of the division that St-Pierre hasn’t faced yet. His name is Nick Diaz.

Strikeforce’s welterweight champion has won his last 10 fights in a row, including a brief stint going up in weight, and most recently finishing top ten fighter Paul Daley by TKO.

UFC president Dana White seems open to the idea if that’s what the fans want to see. He says he really has no hurdles to jump if he chooses to bring over a Strikeforce fighter to the UFC.

“I imagine I could do whatever I wanted to do if I really wanted to, but we have a contract with Showtime and he’s a Showtime fighter. I don’t know, we’re going to have to see how this whole thing works out. That’s an interesting fight,” White said about Diaz coming over to face St-Pierre.

St-Pierre’s lead trainer and close friend Firas Zahabi admits that Diaz presents an intriguing style for them to figure out. It’s a fight they would face with extreme enthusiasm.

“Georges has never fought a guy with that kind of punching style. Diaz has got a long reach, he knows how to use it. He’s tough as nails, he’s extremely experienced, and he’s a world champion himself,” assessed Zahabi.

Whether it’s Diaz or possibly going up to fight at middleweight, Zahabi admits he’s open to both options, but he’ll leave the decision to St-Pierre and the UFC. There are interesting match-ups in both divisions, and GSP’s lead trainer looks forward to the challenge of either one.

“I’m open to both. Right now we just finished this fight, nobody’s really talking about the next one. It’s kind of the down time now, just kind of go back to our lives a little bit, and try to get back into our routine slowly. When our heads come back down from the clouds, we’ll sit down and discuss the different options,” Zahabi said.

“I think both options are interesting. Now with the merger it makes things so interesting. There’s so many dream match-ups that can happen. Of course, that’s for Zuffa to decide, and GSP’s management, and of course the coaches.”

St-Pierre hasn’t indicated too much one way or the other which option he’d prefer, but if he’s looking to stay at welterweight there is at least one major challenge awaiting him… the Stockton bad boy.


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