Reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will go into his UFC 143 bout against Nick Diaz as a heavy favorite, but not everyone thinks the pound-for-pound superstar is going to do what he has done to his last nine opponents and walk right through him.
Former Diaz opponent and MMA veteran Frank Shamrock have first-hand experience against the former Strikeforce welterweight champion, and it resulted in a second round TKO loss at a Strikeforce event in 2009. It would be the last fight of Shamrock's career, but the 38-year-old is fully behind Diaz as he prepares for his fight on Feb. 4.
"Nick is going to whoop on him," Shamrock told FightHubtv. "That is a fighter Georges has not faced and I think will really test him, if not beat Georges. The advantage he has over Nick is wrestling and if he decides to lay on him for five rounds, what has he proven? Diaz has better boxing, better cardio and better jiu jitsu. If the fight goes to the ground, GSP can’t take his time how he likes to, looking for a submission; Nick will be moving and looking for any submission he can get. It will be a great fight I know that for sure."
Shamrock also talked about his experience fighting Diaz.
"I went in feeling ready and able to shut him up, there were nagging injuries but they didn’t play too big of a factor," Shamrock said. "At the end, Nick was awesome – he is a different level of fighter and I knew that after he landed the first punch."
Both Diaz and St-Pierre will enter the anticipated fight on extensive win-streaks. Diaz is currently riding an 11-fight win streak with wins over B.J. Penn, Paul Daley, KJ Noons and Marius Zaromskis.
St-Pierre was last seen defeating Diaz's training partner, Jake Shields, at UFC 129. Previous victories include those over Josh Koscheck, Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch and Penn.