GSP On Fighting Nick Diaz And Who Should Fight For The MW Title Next
Nate Diaz returned to the Octagon this past weekend and reminded everyone how much they love the Diaz brothers. After a three year absent, the younger Diaz brother returned in the co-main event at UFC 241, and beat Anthony Pettis in impressive fashion.
It has been even longer since we saw big brother Nick inside the Octagon. It’s now been over four and a half years since Nick fought Anderson Silva at UFC 183. On the night, Nick lost via a unanimous decision. However, the result was overturned to a no contest after Silva tested positive for drostanoloneand androsterone and Nick tested positive for marijuana.
Earlier this year, Nick stated that he didn’t want to fight anymore and that he just wanted to party. Although two months ago, his friend and teammate Gilbert Melendez stated that Nick was back in training.
Speaking to the media after his win over Pettis at UFC 241, Nate stated that his big brother was interested in fighting Georges St-Pierre again. GSP defeated Nick at UFC 158, in March of 2013, via unanimous decision.
Since Nate made his comments on Nick and GSP, the 38 year old Canadian has spoken to Chael Sonnen (as transcribed by BJPenn.com), who asked the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion about his thoughts on Nick.
“I think this guy’s gonna hate me until the day I die. It’s unbelievable. I know he doesn’t like me and he looks to get me all the time. But I genuinely like the guy. I’m telling you the truth.
“I don’t know what to say, he’s one of my biggest adversaries. Even if we only fought once, we are very different personalities. I think that’s why the clash of the personalities makes it very interesting. But I’m retired now, I don’t want to go back and fight.
“I don’t want to fight his brother, Nick Diaz, it’s not interesting for me. There’s nothing I can gain from that. The risk is not worth the reward… There’s nothing good that can come out of it, even if I win. I think the odds will favour me and expect me to win, and if I lose it will be a complete disaster. I don’t want to put myself into another training camp and make all the sacrifices of a three-month training camp for that type of fight. It’s not worth it for me.”
Sonnen also asked GSP about his thoughts on Paulo Costa’s performance at UFC 241. The Unbeaten Brazilian beat Yoel Romero via unanimous decision in the fight of the night. Not only was GSP impressed with Costa’s performance, he believes that he should get the next shot at the UFC middleweight title.
“Sometimes when you see two very powerful guys fighting each other, you expect it to be an amazing fight, and sometimes it’s a boring fight. I didn’t put my expectations [of the fight] too high like everybody else did, but it was amazing.
“I would agree [Costa should get the next title shot]. I can’t see who else. [Kelvin] Gastelum is still in there. But yeah, I think it is [Costa]. I can’t see who else would be the new kid on the block.”
Robert Whittaker is set to defend the UFC middleweight title at UFC 243, against the interim champion, Israel Adesanya. Although the man GSP thinks should get the next shot at the winner, Paulo Costa, believes that Adesanya is a ‘fake champion’. As he told TMZ Sports.
“Yes, I think that [Adesanya is a fake champion]. No, I’m sure [of] that. Because he not prove [anything] yet. He needs to prove [it]. He won against who? [Brad] Tavares, Derek Brunson, [Kelvin] Gastelum. Gastelum is a good fighter but Gastelum is not a middleweight. Against Anderson Silva. Man, Anderson Silva is not top ten, he’s not top five.”
The 28 year old went on to give a message to both Whittaker and Adesanya, saying “You guys know who I am. I’m the real deal. I will take the belt.”