Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
The Bell Centre crowd is deafening as GSP makes his way to the cage in full karate regalia. Seriously—I I can barely hear Goldie and Rogan (no jokes, please).
As GSP stepped into the Octagon, referee Yves Lavigne had to restrain a trash-talking Diaz from getting too close to St-Pierre. Hoo boy, this is gonna be good.
Jake Shields is in Diaz's corner, but I don't see Nate. The usual Tristar suspects riding with GSP.
Very tense staredown, as you might imagine. No glove touch.
And we're finally fighting. Both men rush to the center. Diaz immediately swinging, landing a jab and giving him the "come get some gesture." GSP responds by landing a takedown, and Diaz pulls a tight guard. GSP's working to break it, though. This is one of his great strengths.
GSP landing a couple of elbows and he's up. Diaz scrambles away and GSP grabs his back, lands a few shots. They're maneuvering on the ground, with GSP rolling away from Diaz, staying on Nick's back and landing shots to the head. Now he is in side control, but gaining the back again. Now back in Nick's full guard.
St-Pierre postures up and lands a couple of elbows and they're finding the eye area. Diaz might be cut a little, but nothing serious. What's more serious for Diaz is that he can't get up to his feet. GSP on him like a blanket. This is not a shock.
Diaz back to his feet now and there's 1:06 remaining. And now they're back down. GSP looked like he was thinking about a kimura for a quick second but nothing came of it. St-Pierre is very much within himself, and just looking to wear Diaz down. A classic GSP round, and he punctuates it with a big slam to the canvas.
My score: 10-9 St-Pierre