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UFC 137: Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, GSP Speaks About Facing Diaz

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IJune 2, 2011

Now that almost a day has gone by since UFC president Dana White announced that Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz would be facing UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, someone has finally gotten a hold of GSP and asked him about the fight.

GSP is currently in Rome, Italy with some of his amateur-wrestling training partners who are competing in a meet in the European country.

"I'm excited," GSP told The Canadian Press from Rome, "because it's been a long time he's been talking about me, saying like he's the best, he was saying I was avoiding him and stuff. But I never avoid anybody."

The talk of this fight has finally come to fruition and it is still not known if Diaz will vacate his Strikeforce welterweight belt or if he will keep it under his new contract. The new contract Diaz signed allows him to fight both Strikeforce fighters and UFC fighters.

"For me, I don't care about the other title," GSP said. "The title that means the most to me is UFC. It's the most prestigious one. The UFC is [like] the NFL of football, the Stanley Cup of hockey. That's the one that everyone's wants to have.

"I don't care about gaining the Strikeforce title. I'm a UFC guy and I want to stay in the UFC the rest of my career. That's where I belong."

To some, Diaz is a top welterweight and is considered the biggest threat to GSP's throne. Both fighters hold impressive win streaks with Diaz's at 10 straight victories and GSP's at nine straight.

"Right now I'm champion. I don't care about fighting for a title. I care about fighting the name and Nick Diaz, he's the guy to beat right now," said GSP. "He's the guy that a lot of people rank him even No. 1 so that's why I want to fight him."

Like in his last fight against Jake Shields, a teammate of Diaz's, GSP says it will be an interesting, exciting fight, but stopped short of saying "Don't blink" again.

"I don't know him as a person but he's a very exciting guy to watch," said GSP. "I'm happy to fight him. He's going to bring the best out of me, because he's always putting on a good fight, going forward. It's going to be a good fight for me."

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