MMA Analysis: Nick Diaz Vacates Title to Face Georges St. Pierre


When news came out that Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz would face the UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in a UFC super fight, the state of the Strikeforce title around the waist of Diaz was it question.

Not anymore! Today while announcing a multitude of things following the UFC 131 press conference, Dana White announced that Diaz has vacated his welterweight title in favor of fighting GSP for his UFC title. The two will now square off in an ordinary UFC title fight at UFC 137 on October 27th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Both fighters are riding long win streaks with multiple title defenses in their respective promotions. Diaz (25-7, 1nc) is on a 10 fight win streak with three title defenses, while St. Pierre (22-2) is coming in with a 9 fight winning streak that include six title defenses. One of these fighters lengthy winning streak will be broken as the other will walk away with the UFC welterweight strap, having beaten the other promotions champion.

Vacant Strikforce welterweight title

Strikeforce now has a vacant title that will need to be placed around someone’s waist. The mostly likely candidate to fill half of the title fight is Tyron Woodley (7-0) who was rumored to be next in line for Diaz prior to relinquishing his belt. For the other spot against Woodley, the winner of either the Roger Bowling vs. Bobby Voelker fight happening July 22nd or the Evangelista Santos vs. Tarec Saffiedine on July 30th would make sense.

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