St-Pierre: I can't fight everybody at once, so Diaz best fight for right now
St-Pierre, who UFC President Dana White said asked for the matchup, said his logic is simple. He believes a fight with Diaz is the matchup fans want to see.
"This fight has been waiting to happen for a long time," St-Pierre said. "It's the big fight. That's what people want to see.
"Everybody wants to fight me now. It's crazy. I cannot split myself in half. If I would have not have done that, I would do another fight, and fans would have complained. If I fight another guy, they both would have complained. What do you want me to do? I cannot split myself in different pieces and fight guys all at the same time."
St-Pierre and Diaz were, of course, supposed to fight in 2011 before the challenger was pulled from the matchup for infamously failing to handle his pre-fight obligations. Diaz would eventually go on to lose to Carlos Condit and suffer a yearlong suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission after failing a post-fight drug screen.
Meanwhile, Hendricks is riding a five-fight win streak that includes victories over top contenders Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Martin Kampmann, among others.
Still, St-Pierre insists he believes Diaz is the rightful No. 1 contender based on his career accomplishments and the face that "Rush" thinks Hendricks actually lost a razor-thin decision to Koscheck.
"I believe Diaz is No. 1 ranked," St-Pierre told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "The guy has been there for a long time. He took out a great name (in B.J. Penn). His fight with Condit is very controversial. For some people, he won the fight. For some people, he lost.
"Hendricks, when he fought Koscheck, personally I would have given the fight to Koscheck. … I speak with my heart, and that's what I believe. I would have given Koscheck that fight, even though I don't like Koscheck."
Which led St-Pierre to Diaz. He still thinks Hendricks is likely next should he earn a win over Jake Ellenberger in another big fight on the UFC 158 card. He also knows Silva is lurking in the background, but St-Pierre thinks he'll need time to pack on the muscle necessary to compete with the world's best 185-pounder.
After a lengthy time away from the sport to recover from injury, St-Pierre said he simply doesn't want to take that kind of break right now. He's itching to fight, and Diaz provides the perfect opportunity.
"I do feel bad for Johny Hendricks, but put yourself in my shoes," St-Pierre. "[Diaz] is a big fight. For me, right now, it's the fight that makes the most sense. If I fight Anderson Silva, I have to go up in weight. It will take me time. I cannot fight Anderson in March. It would take time. So right now, I take the fight that is the most logical.
"I just came back from 19 months. It's a long time, and the fight that people wanted to see that I can give it to them fast and when it's time to do it is Diaz. … So it's a big fight that people want to see me in, Diaz and I, so I want to make this fight happen for myself, for the fans and for the UFC."
Jake Ellenberger vs. Johny Hendricks Announced For UFC 158 In Montreal
During the live broadcast of tonight’s TUF 16 Finale the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced three key welterweight matchups for the upcoming UFC 158 event in Montreal, including a bout between Jake ‘The Juggernaut’ Ellenberger (28-6) and Johny ‘Bigg Rigg’ Hendricks (14-1) as that third fight.
The other two previously identified matches include a welterweight title match between champ Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz and a rematch between Rory MacDonald vs. Carlos Condit.
UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz is expected to take place on March 16, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Kong Watson v Nedkov 12th fight for Wembley Arena
12 fight card has now been announced, I have tickets for this event and I am over the moon.
Full Fight card
Renan Barao v Michael McDonald
Dennis Siver v Cub Swanson
Jimi Manuwa v Cyrille Diabate
Che Mills v Matthew Riddle
James Te-Huna v Ryan Jimmo
Gunnar Nelson v Justin Edwards
Terry Etim v Renee Forte
Paul Sass v Danny Castillo
Tom Watson v Stanislav Nedkov
Andy Ogle v Josh Grispi
Vaughan Lee v Motonobu Tezuka
Phil Harris v Ulysses Gomez
Hector Lombard volunteers for injury replacement duty at UFC on FX 7
GOLD COAST, Australia – If Vitor Belfort is forced to withdraw from UFC on FX 7, Hector Lombard would like the UFC to call him – stat.
Lombard (32-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) called out Belfort's next scheduled opponent, Michael Bisping, after knocking out Rousimar Palhares on the first main-card bout of UFC on FX 6.
"I will jump in," Lombard told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Belfort (21-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Bisping (23-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) headline UFC on FX 7, which takes place at Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida (Ginasio do Ibirapuera) in Sao Paulo.
Pearson: Sotiropoulos punched coach, was knocked out in 'TUF' filming
GOLD COAST, Australia – Ross Pearson had his reasons for not shaking George Sotiropoulos' hand following his third-round TKO victory at UFC on FX 6.
Pearson (14-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Sotiropoulos (14-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) punched his assistant boxing coach off-camera over a Twitter beef.
The boxing coach, Erin Beach, then knocked out Sotiropoulos.
"That's why I said I lost all respect for him, and that's why I didn't shake his hands afterward," Pearson said. "That's why I'm not his friend now – because he acted unprofessional."
Whittaker, Fletcher, Scott and Alloway each score $25K 'TUF' season bonuses
GOLD COAST, Australia – "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Australia vs. Team UK" contestant Ben Alloway might not have taken home the show's welterweight crown, but he left far from empty-handed.
Alloway was awarded a $25,000 bonus for the best fight of the season on the reality show in addition to the $40,000 he banked for "Knockout of the Night" at UFC on FX 6. His opponent on the show, Brad Scott, also took home $25,000.
In other bonuses, Robert Whittaker, who won the welterweight reality show tourney, and Colin Fletcher, the lightweight runner-up, each earned $25,000 bonuses for KO and submission of the season, respectively.
UFC On FX 6 results: Penner/Donovan take FOTN, Alloway gets KOTN
UFC On FX 6 delivered with solid action throughout the night. In the main event Ross Pearson further exposed the standing weakness of Georges Sotiropoulos. The only time Pearson was in trouble was late in the first round. He finished the fight less than a minute into the third with the lead left hook head been landing all night. TUF: The Smashes crowned it's winners in Lightweight Norman Parke and Welterweight Robert Whittaker who both delivered exciting fights.
How the UFC preps for a dual-event weekend
UFC President Dana White may have finally figured out how to be in two places at once.
For the second time this year, the world's biggest MMA promotion is hosting televised fight cards on consecutive nights on two different continents. In June, the UFC boss was able to attend a Friday night event in New Jersey before touching down in Brazil in time to watch his promotion's Saturday night card. This weekend, he won't be as lucky.
Tonight, FX and FUEL TV air "UFC on FX 6: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson" live from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The event actually takes place on Saturday morning in Australia but airs in the U.S. on Friday night due to the time difference...
Josh Neer vs. Court McGee targeted for UFC 157 in Las Vegas
A welterweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 11" winner Court McGee (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and veteran Josh Neer (33-12-1 MMA, 6-8 UFC) is targeted for UFC 157 in February.
A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place for the fight. MMAFighting.com first reported the matchup.
UFC officials haven't formally announced the fight.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The event's main card, which is headlined by the first-ever women's fight in the promotion (champ Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche), airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
McGee vs. Neer likely will be part of the prelims.
Gunnar Nelson vs. Justin Edwards added to UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London
Gunnar Nelson (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will bring his finishing skills and vibrant personality to London when he meets fellow welterweight Justin Edwards (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in February.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place Feb. 16 at London's Wembley Arena. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
With the addition to the card, the UFC on FUEL TV lineup now includes:
Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald - for interim bantamweight title
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson
Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle
Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Danny Castillo vs. Paul Sass
Ulysses Gomez vs. Phil Harris
Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Josh Grispi vs. Andy Ogle
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa
Justin Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson
UFC on FOX 5 salaries: Despite losses, Shogun Rua, B.J. Penn top payroll with six-figure purses
Former UFC champions Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and B.J. Penn topped the disclosed payroll for last Saturday's UFC on FOX 5 event, pocketing six-figure purses despite losing unanimous decisions, according to figures released to MMAFighting.com by the Washington State Department of Licensing.
Rua led the way with reported earnings of $175,000 for his co-main event loss to Swedish prospect Alexander Gustafsson ($60,000). Likewise, Penn pocketed a hard-earned $150,000 after suffering a brutal beating at the hands of welterweight up-and-comer Rory MacDonald ($42,000).