UFC 158: Pre-Fight Drama Makes for Enticing Pay-Per-View Event

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2013

Mar 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; UFC president Dana White (center) steps in between Georges St.Pierre and Nick Diaz during the weight-in for UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Dana White and the UFC have seen their fair share of theatricals and trash talking leading up to an event, but the drama between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz makes for one intriguing Pay-Per-View event on Saturday night.

It's been a long time coming for a fight between these two, as Diaz has consistently called out St-Pierre and even missed pre-fight media obligations, according to Simon Samano of USA Today

That all came to a head at the weigh-in for UFC 158, as if not for White standing between the two, this event could very well have started early (scroll to the 25:06 mark to see the weigh-in).

According to Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole, a fight was in place between these two competitors back in 2011, but Diaz was removed from the fight after skipping two news conferences for the event.

Think these two are itching to get at each other?

Diaz has repeatedly ruffled St-Pierre's feathers leading up to UFC 158, including even going as far as to accuse St-Pierre of using steroids, despite absolutely zero evidence to support his claim.

Despite Diaz running his mouth, the welterweight champion isn't losing focus, as St-Pierre told UFC president Dana White (via Yahoo! Sports),

"[Georges] told me he plans to beat him so badly that when this is over, Nick decides to retire."

This is exactly the type of fight the UFC needs to regain popularity in the fighting community, especially after the stinker that Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson submitted in UFC 157.

Fighting before the Montreal home crowd, look for the more established and versatile fighter, St-Pierre, to utilize his experience as a wrestler to defeat Diaz.


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