I truly enjoy UFC fight weeks. There is plenty going on behind the scenes and one of the biggest highlights is the media scrums with Dana White. It's in these intimate discussions that the UFC President will often break some major stories.
Today's was no different. Speaking with the attending media, White not only broke the news that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's next fight would be against Nick Diaz, but also explained why top contender Johny Hendricks was getting passed over.
"Georges St-Pierre went on vacation, and when he came back, we were talking about Anderson Silva. He said 'I want Nick Diaz. Me and Nick Diaz have unfinished business. We were supposed to fight. That's the fight that I want.'"
"Georges St-Pierre has been a phenomenal champion. A phenomenal human being. Just a great guy to deal with for us. He doesn't ask for things. He wants to fight Nick Diaz and Nick Diaz wants to fight him. Then that's what the fight is, I think."
For those that may have forgotten, St-Pierre and Diaz were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 137 in Las Vegas. The fight was scrapped after Diaz missed several media obligations, and the bout was awarded to Carlos Condit.
Unfortunately, St-Pierre suffered a knee injury that forced him out of the bout and Condit faced Diaz at UFC 143 for the interim welterweight belt. Condit was successful in the affair and Diaz subsequently tested positive for marijuana metabolites in his post-fight drug test and was suspended for a year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Despite rumblings of a superfight with Anderson Silva, St-Pierre's focus appears to be entirely on Diaz, who is expected to make his return next year once his suspension is up.
Georges has been out for a year. He had a tough fight for him in that Condit fight. He asked personally for the fight.
The odd man out in all of this is Johny Hendricks, who was expected to be the No. 1 contender in the welterweight division. While it was never made official, his wins over Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Martin Kampmann made him the clear favorite to challenge for the title.
While White appreciates that Hendricks has been an absolute force in the Octagon, he really has no standing to ask for a title shot while there is the big-money bout between Diaz and St-Pierre waiting in the wings.
"Johny Hendricks has had some great fights. When you talk about winning in spectacular fashion. This guy hits people so hard that they skid across the Octagon."
"He's in no position to demand anything. Georges St-Pierre is the champion. Has been that forever. If that's the fight that he wants, then that's the fight that we're probably going to give him if Diaz accepts it."
Note: All quotes obtained first hand by Bleacher Report.
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