“GSP” has a new challenger, and his name is Nick Diaz. Earlier this afternoon, UFC President Dana White made the announcement which now has the MMA world buzzing with excitement.
What the fans wanted was a showdown between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and the STRIKEFORCE welterweight title holder, Nick Diaz. So on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, the UFC 137 Superfight becomes a reality. – UFC.com
A welterweight meeting between the two had been rumored for the past several weeks, following St-Pierre’s disposal of Jake Shields at UFC 129 in April of this year. With the match now made official, this marks the first time a fighter from Strikeforce (champion, nonetheless), post-Zuffa purchase date, will make the transition into the UFC.
Unbeaten in his last nine fights, Georges has defended his belt seven consecutive times within that run since 2008. The champ has been dominant inside the Octagon but continues to face some criticism for going to a decision in the past four outings. The same cannot be said for Diaz.
Currently riding a ten-fight win streak with the last four being Strikeforce title defenses, the brash Cesar Gracie fighter hailing from Stockton, California will surely have a slew of support heading into this massive bout. His fan-friendly style and no-BS attitude has won over the fandom of many, as evidenced by the live crowds who leave no doubts as to his popularity.
The lead-up to UFC 137 should prove to be electric, and if the co-main event is half as well-received as this announce has been, then October 29 could quite possible be the biggest card in the promotion’s history.