The MMA world was abuzz when the UFC officially announced that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will be squaring off against Nick Diaz at UFC 158 on March 16. The event will be taking place at the Bell Centre in St-Pierre's hometown of Montreal.
Diaz and the champion were supposed to square at UFC 137 in October 2011, but after Diaz failed to attend two press conferences, the UFC pulled Diaz from the card. St-Pierre was then scheduled to face Carlos Condit, but the welterweight champion suffered a knee injury and unable to fight.
Diaz ended up fighting on the UFC 137 card and defeated BJ Penn in the main event. The California native called St-Pierre out after the fight. The champion then told UFC President Dana White that he wanted that fight, and it was scheduled for UFC 143 in February.
This time it was the champion who couldn't fight, as he suffered a torn ACL in training camp.
When this fight was announced for 158, people were stunned that Diaz was bypassing fellow welterweight Johny Hendricks for a title. St-Pierre told Dana White he wanted Diaz and the president obliged.
Will Diaz be able to dethrone the reign of terror known as Georges St-Pierre? Here are five reasons why the champion will soundly defeat Diaz in March.
You are probably thinking why a town would be such a factor in a fight? Georges St-Pierre is 3-0 fighting in his hometown, having defeated Matt Serra, Josh Koscheck and Carlos Condit.
The champion has the familiarity of the Bell Centre and is used to the hostile environment that the event will bring. St-Pierre will be able to sleep in his own bed, eat his own food. Those are the advantages that hometown guys enjoy if they happen to be fighting in the town they live in.
It is amazing how good St-Pierre's wrestling is. The champion didn't wrestle in high school or college, but knew to become a complete MMA fighter, he needed to learn wrestling. After he started training with the Canadian Olympic wrestling team, the Canadian has become one of the best wrestlers in the UFC.
He has beaten Josh Koscheck twice and in the first fight they had at UFC 74, St-Pierre controlled the fight by taking the former All-American wrestler down on a few occasions. That was when the world took notice of how good of a wrestler St-Pierre was becoming.
He has used his wrestling in every fight he has been and hasn't been stuffed at all. Wrestling is the one problem Diaz has had in the past and expect the champion to take advantage of that.
Composure is something Nick Diaz hasn't been known to have in past fights. Whether it is trash talking opponents in conference calls, press conferences or in the cage, the former Strikeforce champion doesn't always keep it together. When he gets frustrated like in the picture above, Diaz will also do antics like giving his opponent the middle finger.
St-Pierre always keeps himself composed and doesn't let his opponent get to him. Will Diaz be able to keep himself composed and stay calm leading up to the fight and through the fight? That's the million-dollar question.
This plays a big factor into the fight. When you look at the caliber of opponents St-Pierre has faced compared to Diaz, the advantage goes to St-Pierre.
The champion has faced the likes of Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Carlos Condit and Josh Koscheck to name a few in the last four years. Diaz has faced the likes of Frank Shamrock, Paul Daley, KJ Noons, Evangelista Santos, BJ Penn and Carlos Condit in that time.
That isn't really close to the competition that St-Pierre has faced with the exception of Penn and Condit, who St-Pierre defeated decisively. Diaz lost the first round to Penn according to many pundits at UFC 137 and lost to Condit at UFC 143.
Diaz has never faced anyone like Georges St-Pierre, whose quite arguably one of the greatest fighters of all time. The lack of quality opponents to prepare Diaz for St-Pierre will hurt Diaz in this fight.
The middleweight champion is the biggest key to why St-Pierre will run over Nick Diaz.
Rumors were swirling that after the welterweight champion defeated Carlos Condit at UFC 154 last month, we would see the superfight with Anderson Silva.
Silva wanted the fight, Dana White wanted the fight. The only thing was that St-Pierre felt he needed more time and really wanted the Diaz fight. St-Pierre has stated in the past he needs to add more weight for the Silva fight to happen.
By having a training camp for Diaz and adding more bulk for the fight in March, if St-Pierre is victorious, then by the time a Silva fight happens in possibly later 2013, St-Pierre will have the added muscle to fight Silva.