Nate Diaz Was Trying To Fight Georges St-Pierre Before UFC Offered Him Conor McGregor
Fox Sports – We already know that Nate Diaz didn’t hesitate to take the Conor McGregor fight on short notice at this Saturday’s UFC 196. The Stockton fighter recently revealed, however, that he was looking for a different fight before UFC president Dana White rung him to offer him the Irishman.
“I had just told Dana White, ‘I’m going to 170,'” Diaz told BJPenn.com
“Because you know, Pettis, Alvarez and all those guys, all those scary-ass guys don’t want to fight me. So, what the hell am I going to do, sit around the division and wait for a fight? So, it’s all good, I’m going to go up to 170, then, start eating. I texted that to Dana. We were talking the day before they called me [to offer the McGregor fight].”
Diaz didn’t just want to move back up to welterweight, he also wanted to get revenge for his brother Nick and take on the retired, former long-time 170 pounds kingpin Georges St-Pierre.
“I said, ‘I’m trying to get the GSP fight,’ because I heard he’s coming back. He said, ‘Oh, I think he wants to fight Lawler,'” Diaz recounted.
I am not surprised to hear Nate Diaz was pushing for a fight with George St-Pierre. His brother made millions fighting GSP and he wanted a piece of the action. Lucky for him he won the Conor sweepstakes without having to purchase a ticket. He will probably make more money fighting McGregor but the chances of this ending in a devastating way increase. George would have grinded out a decision and Nate would still be an attractive fight. If he gets KO’d by McGregor, he loses some of his appeal and maybe some of his payday moving forward. I guess it doesn’t matter that much. 2 million dollars in Stockton, California is like having 50 million dollars when you factor in the exchange rate. But Champ, Stockton California is still in the USA so the exchange rate comment doesn’t make sense. The city filed for bankruptcy about 8 years ago so that makes my joke funny. Don’t ever try to undermine me!!!