Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
St-Pierre made a different kind of statement against Nick Diaz than he made when he bounced back from ACL surgery to outlast Condit at UFC 154.
"Rush" set out to silence Diaz, the man who publicly disrespected him countless times, by besting the Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu pupil in his own areas of expertise.
GSP made Diaz's vaunted boxing chops seem rudimentary at times, outstriking the 29-year-old Californian 210-80, including 105-41 in the significant strikes category. St-Pierre also scored nine takedowns and a pair of guard passes while continually neutralizing the grappling offensives of Diaz, a fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
Akin to his win over Condit, St-Pierre once again proved to any naysayer that his cerebral style—predicated mainly on his ability to ground and control his foes—works marvelously against highly aggressive submission and knockout artists.
In his post-fight interview with Rogan, St-Pierre elaborated on the most trying challenges of facing an unorthodox talent like Diaz.
"He has a very unusual scramble style, which I'm not used to seeing, so I don't have training partner(s) like that. I couldn't train for it. It's very hard to find a guy like him. When you fight a guy like this, it's almost impossible to get ready for that."
When the dust settled, GSP once again displayed his propensity for formulating and carrying out intricate game plans on dangerous opponents. But with Hendricks on the horizon, St-Pierre surely won't have much time to savor the sweet feeling of satisfaction.