UFC 158: Will We See a Dark Side in Georges St-Pierre?
Most MMA fights are about two people utilizing their techniques, their discipline and other talents to see who comes out on top. They indulge themselves in interviews on their opponent whether it will be a fight between two respected fighters or if there is bad blood between them. It is all about building the hype.
Then they will talk about how they will win their fight whether it be by a spectacular knock out or a beautiful submission. The hype is partly what makes the fight exciting.
Once the fight starts, it is all business. All the talking is now replaced with action. With No. 1 UFC Welterweight Contender, Nick Diaz, the hype and talking doesn't stop, but neither does the action.
Nick Diaz has been calling out UFC Welterweight Champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre for some time now. Before Georges was placed on the shelf due to a serious knee injury last year, the fight between GSP and Diaz was suppose to happen.
Instead we ended up with Condit vs Diaz for the Interim Welterweight Championship, which was a great match, but it didn't quite have the electricity of a GSP vs Diaz fight.
Even while GSP was on the injured list, Diaz was still talking trash to him. GSP took Condit to a five round beating in his last fight and Diaz still continued the trash talking.
That is how Nick Diaz is. He is a trash talking fighter that can back it up with a sick ground game to go along with an unorthodox, yet effective, stand up game.
Just like his little brother, Nate, Nick has that unique stand up game in which he doesn't throw all of his power into one punch. Instead he will unload with a barrage of what UFC commentator Joe Rogan calls "50% punches".
Combine those punches with the fact that Diaz is a cardio freak and you have someone that will not stop until your face is messed up.
If you don't want to get beat up by Diaz standing up, do you take a gamble and take the fight to the ground with a Jiu Jitsu wizard? It is almost a lose/lose situation.
The result equals a mangled face and bruised ribs for the opponent. For Diaz, it is a win. Just ask UFC legend BJ Penn. I have never seen Penn get beaten up the way Diaz beat him up at UFC 137. It was hard for me to watch because Penn is one of the fighters I looked up to when I competed.
And the trash talking to GSP still continued for Diaz.
Diaz finally got what he wanted when St-Pierre expressed himself about the Stockton Native during an interview. The Canadian born fighter stated on how he is offended on how Diaz is and that he deserves a beating and that you will see a Dark Side of the Welterweight Champion.
Dark Side? Does that mean we will see an angry GSP?
The last time a fighter got under the skin of the Welterweight Champ it was in December of 2010 at UFC 124 when he fought Josh Koscheck. Georges busted him up for five rounds with some wicked jabs that resulted in a fractured orbital bone in Koscheck's face.
Georges was mad, but he has never been this mad.
Last year, I wrote an article about Diaz and GSP. The article was about Diaz and could he be the one that brings out the finisher in GSP?
I still hope that happens. I want the GSP that made my idol, Matt Hughes, verbally tapout. I want the GSP that broke the nose of Sean Sherk.
I want the GSP that finishes fights in spectacular fashion.
Well those are my thoughts. Now it is time to hear yours. Did Nick Diaz make the biggest mistake of his life by awakening the Dark Side of St-Pierre? Will we see the GSP that finishes fights? Or is this all part of Diaz's plan to use Georges's anger to throw him off his game?
This Saturday in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, we will find out.
Until then, this is Balistik signing out.
"MMA ALL THE WAY"