June 15, 2024

Nick Diaz almost landed huge rematch with Georges St-Pierre before accepting return fight at UFC Abu Dhabi 


Nick Diaz desperately campaigned to secure his redemption fight with Georges St-Pierre, before eventually settling for a clash with Vicente Luque at UFC Abu Dhabi.

While 11 years have passed since the pair of sporting greats last went toe-to-toe in the cage, their iconic rivalry has maintained a special place in the hearts of fans around the globe, who’d love to watch the rivals reignite their iconic feud.

(L-R) Georges St-Pierre punches Nick Diaz in their welterweight championship bout during the UFC 158 event at Bell Centre on March 16, 2013 in Mont...
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Nick Diaz begged the UFC for a rematch with Georges St Pierre

In order to truly create a super fight, it’s of optimum importance to bring together two competitors with completely opposing personalities. And back in 2013, the UFC did just that.

In one corner stood a champion, poster boy and PR dream, proving that mixed martial arts is about hard work, discipline and humility, and in the other stood an out-and-out gangster, who couldn’t have cared less about keeping up appearances in the public eye.

Ultimately, Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz gelled to create something extraordinary, splitting fans down the middle with their wildly different approaches to the game.

While some adored the gentleman’s sportsmanship, others couldn’t get enough of the maverick’s wild antics.

The pair delivered a tremendous event, generating over 1 million global PPV buys, and while the fight itself was relatively conclusive, with GSP claiming a decision victory, the combat sports community certainly wouldn’t oppose the concept of the arch enemies going toe-to-toe once more, which is exactly what Diaz has just tried to pull off.

During Wednesday’s edition of the MMA Hour, Ariel Helwani confirmed that the Stockton brawler was ‘pushing’ for bouts with St Pierre as well as an array of several high-profile names.

The esteemed journalist claimed that the returning contender called for a collision with Colby Covington at UFC 300 in April. He also requested match-ups with Michael Venom Page and Kevin Holland at UFC 303, headlined by Conor McGregor vs Michael Chandler.

However, with his comeback now set for August 3 in Abu Dhabi, the fan favorite has an almighty task on his hands.

Nick Diaz set to face Vicente Luque at UFC Abu Dhabi

While the American’s road back to action certainly hasn’t been easy, neither has his opponent’s.

In recent times, Vicente Luque has suffered harrowing health issues, with the Brazilian having to battle back from the brink after sustaining a brain bleed.

In a testament to his awe-inspiring powers of self-belief, the athlete has made a full recovery and committed the next chapter of his life to training for Diaz.

This contest serves as an incredible opportunity for two fan favorites to put it all on the line to potentially secure a fairytale ending to their dazzling careers.

And if fans weren’t excited enough to see the show, with the explosive pair battling it out, there’s another hero making his grand return on the card.

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