UFC fans got really excited when Dana White stated not too long ago that he was working on making Nate Diaz vs Georges St-Pierre happen at UFC 227 later this year on August 4, but that's as close as we've got to the fight happening.
Diaz vs GSP
The fight never came to fruition, which has disappointed many UFC fans. Diaz ultimately turned down the fight and called St-Pierre a cheater, accusing him of steroid use, as well as accusing White of selling “wolf tickets” to fight fans.
During a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, GSP revealed his stance on the proposed fight with the Stockton fighter. He said that discussions of a potential UFC 227 return against Diaz were very much a real thing and that he and his team actually contemplated the idea.
St-Pierre stated that he considered the fight but ultimately declined it against Diaz because it would only be a lose-lose situation for him.
He said, according to MMA Fighting: “I considered it. And I analyzed it, and I talked with Firas (Zahabi), with my trainer and everybody. We were all on the same page on that, it’s not worth it.
“Nate Diaz is an incredible fighter, very well-rounded. However, if you put yourself in my shoes, there’s nothing good that can come out of it except money, and money is not the only thing drives me. If I beat Nate Diaz decisively, most people will say, ‘Ah, he took an easy fight,’ or whatever.
He continued: "The critics will say, ‘He’s a bully. He fought a smaller guy.’ Maybe he’s not even smaller than me. A lot of 155er guys are bigger than me right now. He’s a big guy. He’s about the same size as me, but because I competed at 170 for most of my career, it will make me look bad. It will make me look like a bully, and this is if I win decisively.
“If I win and it’s like a war, back and forth, people will say, ‘Ah, you suck.’ And if I get beat, oh my God, forget it. For my legacy, it’s the end of the world. All of the work I put in is finished. And I could have a bad day."
St-Pierre has said he wants to fight next at 155-pounds, but by the sound of things, it doesn't look like that fight is going to happen any time soon.