St. Pierre vs Diaz Odds

Published on December 20th, 2012 4:39 pm EST

UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will square off against Nick Diaz in a long-awaited grudge match on March 16th, 2013. This fight will be the main event of UFC 158, which takes place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

After defeating Carlos Condit at UFC 154, Georges St. Pierre had a number of different options. He could have fought Anderson "The Spider" Silva in a "super fight", likely to take place in a soccer stadium in Brazil or in Cowboys Stadium. He could have fought Johny Hendricks for the Welterweight title, as Hendricks earned a shot at GSP by defeating Martin Kampmann at UFC 154.

Instead, GSP chose neither of those two options and instead requested a fight against Nick Diaz. The UFC gave St. Pierre his wish, and the two will now fight in March.

St. Pierre has some unfinished business with Diaz. The two were supposed to fight twice in the past, but the fights didn't happen due to St. Pierre blowing out his knee and Diaz skipping a key press conference. After Diaz lost to Condit, it appeared unlikely that the St. Pierre/Diaz grudge match would ever happen.

St. Pierre, however, has a tremendous amount of pull in the UFC, thanks to being "Mr. PPV", and he was able to request the Diaz fight even though Diaz didn't deserve the shot. A St. Pierre/Diaz fight will do a tremendous amount of business for the UFC, so the fight fell into place quickly.

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Here are the current odds for the St. Pierre/Diaz fight:

Georges St. Pierre, -400
Nick Diaz, +300

These odds mean that a $400 bet on St. Pierre would yield a total profit of $100, while a $100 bet on Diaz would yield a profit of $300.

Can Diaz find a way to stay off of his back? Can Diaz lure St. Pierre into a stand-up brawl? Will St. Pierre get his first finish in a number of years? This is an intriguing bout for a number of reasons, and the trash talk leading up to the fight should be pretty phenomenal.

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