“I Don’t Have a Relationship With Nick Diaz”: Georges St-Pierre on His Rivalry With Nick Diaz

Published 10/11/2021, 3:55 AM EDT


Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz had one of the most heated rivalries in UFC history.

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However, the heat between the two fighters seemed to have died down since their fight at UFC 158. In fact, fans even witnessed the two shake hands before Diaz’s return to the octagon at UFC 266. Now, in a recent interview, Georges opened up on his relationship with Nick.

He said, “First, I don’t have a relationship with Nick. He just happened to be in the same locker room. When he came, I didn’t know, you never know what to expect, so I looked at him and he put his hand like this (gesturing a handshake). I said to myself, now it is all good, so I wished him the best of luck because he was fighting.”

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‘Rush’ even shared his thoughts on Nick’s return to the UFC and what he thought of his performance. St-Pierre said, “It was a tough night for him because he came back after, I think, six or seven years. It was a long time. Nobody can come back as good as they were before after that much time. He was rusty, and it is not to make any excuses, but maybe we haven’t seen the best out of him yet. Maybe he’s going to come back and get better.”

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Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz – The Rivalry

Georges and Nick shaking hands, saying friendly words for each other, is something no fight fan would have ever imagined the two fighters doing.

‘Rush’ and Stockton’s own fought for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 158, in one of the biggest welterweight fights in the history of the UFC. The build-up to the fight was intense, with a lot of trash talk involved, mostly from Nick’s side. Georges even said that Nick reminded him of bullies that picked on him when he was a kid.

All the pre-fight build-up had the fans charged up, ready for a bloodbath. The two fighters finally went into the octagon and Georges St-Pierre came out victorious via a unanimous decision.

Praises galore for former rival

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In the interview, Pierre also suggested that Nick might bounce back from his loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 266, but only if he wants to. Georges said, “I think he can come back better if he wants to. Of course, it is always about if he wants to. There is a difference between fighters who go there to collect a paycheck and fighters that want to come back to become a champion. Whatever he chooses to do, he has to go all in. It’s a game you cannot go halfway, you have to go all in.”

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: (R-L) Nick Diaz taunts Georges St-Pierre in their welterweight championship bout during the UFC 158 event at Bell Centre on March 16, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Nick Diaz is one of the biggest draws in the UFC to date and is an absolute fan favorite as well. Georges shares the sentiment and even said that he enjoys watching Diaz fight. If Nick makes a comeback, St-Pierre will be one of the people tuning in.

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What do you think of the rivalry between the two? Let us know in the comments.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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