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If the fight remains on the feet, it is more likely that Diaz will pick St. Pierre apart using his boxing skills. According to fighter stats in UFC.com, the Stockton, CA native has landed 69 percent of his shots in the stand up position, while the Canadian had landed only 54 percent successful strikes in his last fight.
Nonetheless, St. Pierre can use his defensive techniques to nullify Diaz’s stand up game. The champ is not new in fighting stand up fighters in the past. Great strikers like Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy, and Thiago Alves are all witness to the Champ’s striking defense. St. Pierre has avoided 76 percent of total strikes from his previous opponents, according to UFC.com.