White shoots down St-Pierre-Diaz rematch
MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White will not give Nick Diaz an immediate rematch against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, instead naming Johny Hendricks as the top contender.
St-Pierre dominated Diaz in their title clash last weekend at UFC 158, while Hendricks earned his shot after beating former interim champion Carlos Condit in a wild, back-and-forth bout in the co-main event.
In the post-event press conference, Diaz said he hopes to get a rematch after hinting that he may retire after the loss.
“I’m trying to retire, I’m trying to get out of this gig, but I would love a rematch,” Diaz said, as quoted by MMA Fighting. “I think I could beat St-Pierre. I think I could stop the takedowns for the first two rounds and get to fight my whole fight.”
Diaz said he does not want to fight the up-and-coming fighters in the welterweight division, saying: “Everyone who started from my generation, all these new kids, I don’t want to get in there and jump around with these new kids.”
But White denied Diaz’s request.
“He wouldn’t get a rematch off that fight. Johny Hendricks deserves the next shot,” said White.
Hendricks, for his part, is already looking forward to facing St-Pierre even as he recovers from a hand injury sustained during the Condit bout.
“I’m just excited. I finally got to the top, and now I’m actually going to get to fight him,” said Hendricks. “That’s what it’s about, getting to the top and fighting the best.”
White did not announce when the St-Pierre-Hendricks fight will be held, although MMA Fighting reported that it may be held in Las Vegas.