Former UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre revealed that it’s unlikely that he will be facing Nate Diaz in the octagon.
UFC overlord Dana White recently confirmed he was hoping to bring Nate Diaz back from his self-imposed walkabout and set up a clash with the mercurial Canadian.
However, on Joe Rogan’s MMA Show, St-Pierre revealed that the deal is not set in stone and that he would rather not take the fight.
“It wasn’t a done deal…not on my part,” said the 37-year-old.
“I don’t think it was on Nate Diaz’s part, as well. He says it’s not his fight; it’s his brother’s fight.
“Nate Diaz is an incredible fighter, very well rounded. If you put yourself in my shoes there’s nothing good that can come out of it except for money, and money isn’t the only thing that drives me. If I beat Nate Diaz decisively, most people will say, ‘He took an easy fight.’
“The critics will say, ‘He’s a bully. He fought a smaller guy that competes at a smaller division. A lot of lightweight guys are bigger than me right now. He’s about the same size as me, but because I compete 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 decisively, and it’s a war back and forth, people will say, ‘Ah, he sucks.’ If I get beat? Oh my God, forget it. For my legacy it’s the end of the work I put in. It’s finished. And I could have a bad day.”
Last time out in November, the former welterweight King came out from retirement and snatched the middleweight title away from Michael Bisping.