The last few months has seen the term ‘number one contender’ in the UFC is losing any real meaning following the awarding of title bouts to fighters coming off losses, in so blurring the natural progressions within weight classes.
First came motor-mouth middleweight Chael Sonnen, who leapfrogged the entire 205 pound division for a title shot against Jon Jones, before Nick Diaz, who is coming to the end of one year suspension, lost in his previous bout but still looks odds on to brush past the stone cold number one contender at 170 pounds Johny Hendricks, who has blitzed all and sundry of late.
It appears the UFC is taking too much from the WWE business model, placing a heightened emphasis on being able to hype the fight and getting the most revenue. This is a dangerous game when you see lopsided title fights, which is bound to happen when Bones Jones smashes Chael Sonnen into obscurity, again.
It appears as thou the welterweight title bout between Georges St-Pierre vs Nick Diaz will happen, and is being finalised to headline UFC 158 in Montreal, the same card which sees Rory MacDonald vs. Carlos Condit 2.
GSP has only really had eyes for Diaz ever since the Stockton Bad Boy started directing his usual line of verbal abuse to the next intended opponent. The fight is bound to do impressive PPV numbers and will be a guaranteed sell-out.
It's an easy fight for the Canadian, and should follow the same route as Benson Henderson vs Nate Diaz last weekend, which saw Bendo's wresting dominate - as predicted right here.
UFC President Dana White shared his thoughts during the pre-fight press conference for UFC on FOX 5: "Georges St-Pierre has been a phenomenal champion, just a great guy to deal with for us. He doesn't ask for things. So if he wants to fight Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz wants to fight him, then that's probably the fight we'll make.
"Georges has been off for a year. (Silva is) a tough fight for him to come back to. He asked personally for the (Diaz) fight,” insists White.
The UFC on FOX 5 weigh-ins had a plenty of drama in Seattle last night, with contender Nathan Diaz missing weight twice before eventually hitting the 155 pound mark before his much anticipated fight with champion Benson Henderson.
The Californian came in .6 pounds overweight initially, and seemed unaware of the rules denying the usual one pound grace for title bouts. Scenes of Diaz arguing with UFC President Dana White on stage were rather comical, and you’d have imagined that a professional fighter in the biggest match of his life would have a touch more attention to detail.
In truth both fighter looked really drawn out at the weigh-ins, with Henderson looking rake like, and one can’t see him making the 155 pound mark that much longer.
In the other fights, Shogun Rua appeared a tad flabby around the mid-rift, while Alexander Gustafsson was on point tipping the scales at a lean and mean 205.4 pounds.
Fresh from a well earned holiday in France, UFC Welterweight champion Georges St Pierre has set his targets on a grudge match with controversial personality Nick Diaz: this according to comments by UFC President Dana White before UFC on Fox 5 on Saturday.
The news dampens talk of a super fight between himself and Anderson Silva, with the contest against Diaz being a far more manageable task for GSP. It’s a fight that the Canadian should win nine times out of 10 really.
GSP will be able to take Diaz down at ease and soften him up with the usual top control mixed with ground and pound. His boxing is superior to Diaz is every aspect, and the only way the Californian would have a chance is by getting inside St Pierre’s head in the usual trash talk before/and during the fight.
It would certainly draw ratings of around 800 000 PPV buys, and a 55 000 sell out at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. However, Diaz would need to fulfil his media obligations before the fight, something that cost him an earlier title bout.
The UFC has had a very tough year in 2012. It has dealt with injury after injury and even saw the first UFC event cancelled since Dana White took over in 2002.
Luckily, for Dana White and the UFC the card this Saturday night on FOX is stacked, Pamela Anderson stacked.
UFC on FOX 5 features a highly anticpated lightweight title bout, a significant fight in the light heavyweight division and a legend taking on the next great prospect in the UFC.
This doesn't even include a match-up that could steal "Fight of the Night" honors in the opening fight on Saturday night.
Mike Swick (15-4, 10-3 UFC) vs. Matt Brown (15-11, 8-5 UFC)
This is the perfect fight to start the telecast for FOX. Mike Swick started off the last FOX card and ended up taking home the "Knockout of the Night" bonus that set the tone for the rest of the main card.