MANILA, Philippines – Given his other options, Georges St-Pierre made the right choice in picking a fight against controversial UFC fighter Nick Diaz, according to Yahoo! Sports fight analyst Kevin Iole.
Iole said in his blog that although a super fight against middleweight champion Anderson Silva is the biggest in terms of income, it would be risky for St-Pierre to take on a bigger fighter especially after recently recuperating from a knee injury.
A potential St-Pierre welterweight title defense against No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks, meanwhile, isn’t that much appealing to fight fans, he said.
“Hendricks isn't yet the kind of draw that either Silva or Diaz are and for St-Pierre, he'd represent the lowest payday of the three options,” said Iole.
But a fight against his bitter rival Diaz, said Iole, makes sense for St-Pierre.
“It's a much bigger fight than St-Pierre-Hendricks would be. A match with Diaz will generate a larger gate, sell more pay-per-views and gain far more media attention than a fight against Hendricks,” he said.
St-Pierre himself admitted that the Diaz fight will draw more pay-per-view buys compared to Hendricks.
"Of course, for Hendricks, the time will come, but now is the time for Nick Diaz. Believe me, Nick Diaz is the fight the fans want to see. ... To be logical, the big fight is this right now. I'm doing it. Ask Dana. Ask [UFC CEO] Lorenzo [Fertitta]. Nick Diaz is the big fight right now."