Georges St. Pierre has no shortage of potential challengers. | Brian Townsend/Sherdog.com
It seems as if everyone wants a crack at UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, from longtime middleweight king Anderson Silva to surging 170-pound contender Johny Hendricks. Firas Zahabi, St. Pierre’s trainer at the Tristar Gym in Montreal, has thrown another name into the mix: Nick Diaz.
Everyone knows no love loss exists between St. Pierre and the polarizing former Strikeforce champion. Diaz has repeatedly baited “Rush” from afar, calling into question everything from his ability to his courage. The 29-year-old Cesar Gracie protégé last competed at UFC 143 in February, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit in a welterweight title eliminator.
Afterward, Diaz was suspended for one year after testing positive for marijuana metabolites. The loss to Condit halted the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s career-best 11-fight winning streak, which included victories against former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn, British striker Paul Daley and onetime UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock.
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