UFC 137 Fight Card: Georges St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz, Early Head to Toe Breakdown

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IJune 5, 2011

UFC 137 Fight Card: Georges St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz, Early Head to Toe Breakdown

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    Nick Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137 is one of the biggest fights left this year in a lot of fans minds. The meeting of the Strikeforce welterweight champ and the UFC welterweight champion will do big in pay-per-view draws.

    Two fighters who have seemingly cleared out their divisions, and one fighter who will push the other to finally open up and stop playing it safe.

    Who will be left standing come UFC 137? Who has the edge in the separate departments? Here is an early head-to-toe breakdown of Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, and UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre.

Striking

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (L-R) Georges St. Pierre battles Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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    Advantage: Georges St-Pierre

     

    Both fighters have very good striking skills. Nick Diaz with some very good boxing, and Georges St-Pierre with the good Muay Thai skills.

    These two fighters have very different striking styles. Diaz doesn't throw leg kicks of any importance or difference to the fight, GSP does. But Diaz is the better puncher and lands more significant blows.

    To me, this is pretty even with both fighters splitting the two different ways to strike. The fact though that GSP lands some very good kicks and has some very good punches, gives him the slight edge here.

    Especially when he's not throwing that overhand right. Seriously, that thing is horrible.

Wrestling

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (Top) Georges St. Pierre battles Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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    Advantage: Georges St-Pierre

     

    I think this one is pretty obvious. Georges St-Pierre is the better wrestler clear-cut. People have been ragging on him for his boring style, mainly in part because he keeps great control of his opponents with his strong wrestling.

    It also doesn't hurt that GSP was thinking about trying out for the 2012 Canadian Olympic wrestling team. Diaz doesn't have that skill. Diaz's ground skill is in the next slide.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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    Advantage: Nick Diaz

     

    One of Georges St-Pierre's fan might go "Hey, GSP got his black belt in BJJ too." Ok, yeah he did. Nick Diaz though got his under Cesar Gracie who has taught fighters like Jake Shields. St-Pierre earned his under Bruno Fernandes.

    If you're going to get your black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from anybody, the Gracie family is the best to get it.

    When you look at it, GSP has less victories by way of submissions (Diaz has eight, GSP has five). In fact has GSP ever pulled off a gogoplata? No? Didn't think so. 

Cardio

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    Advantage: Even

     

    This is pretty even, and I don't think anyone can debate that. GSP and Nick Diaz have seemingly never had a moment where they have gassed in a fight and always push a nice pace.

    Diaz and GSP won't quit and can go five rounds with relative ease. Both fighters are very well trained in this department.

Experience

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 24:  Georges St-Pierre of Montreal, Quebec, Canada speaks at a press conference for UFC 111 at Radio City Music Hall on March 24, 2010 in New York City.  St-Pierre will face Dan Hardy of Nottingham UK in the Welterweight title bout. (Phot
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    Advantage: Georges St-Pierre

     

    GSP is very experienced inside the Octagon and has made title defense after title defense. Nick Diaz has more fights under his belt, but GSP has more fights against top competition as compared to Diaz.

    Diaz is facing a whole different monster in GSP. Diaz has yet to face someone of his caliber—or someone even near his caliber.

    It will be interesting to see how Diaz deals with GSP. Plus, GSP is 16-2 in the UFC; Diaz is 6-4.

Winner

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    In the end, I think this is a very simple pick. I don't think Diaz will be able to stop GSP's takedowns, and I think this is the fight where GSP will open up and pick Diaz apart standing.

    Call me crazy, but if GSP is ever going to have a fight where he opens up, it is in this fight. Diaz has lost by TKO twice in his career, and I think this will be the third time.

    You just don't push someone like GSP and rag on his style of fighting. GSP shouldn't be questioned, yes his fighting style is boring, but he wins and gets the job done. At the end of the day, that is all that matters, ending up the winner.

     

    Prediction: GSP via TKO Round 4

     

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