Dana White: Georges St-Pierre to Return This Summer, "Praying" to Face Nick Diaz

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2012

UFC President Dana White expects the winner of Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit to meet Georges St-Pierre much sooner than he had originally expected.

During a post-fight interview after UFC on FX 1, White said the UFC welterweight champion has made a successful recovery following his knee surgery and is already preparing to make a return later this year.

"GSP's rehab could not be going better," White said. "He was texting me pictures of him kicking, doing everything. I think he's going to be back sooner than doctors anticipated."

St-Pierre has never called out any opponents in the past, nor has he requested any specific opponents either, but White made it clear that the champion is preparing to meet Diaz following UFC 143.

It's a side of the French-Canadian that neither fans nor White are used to seeing.

"He says, 'I am praying every night when I go to bed that Nick Diaz wins this fight,'" White said. "I've never seen him so motivated to fight somebody and to beat somebody like Nick Diaz. He hates Nick Diaz."