Georges St. Pierre Vs. Nick Diaz Official For UFC 137

UFC President Dana White announced via Twitter that Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will square off against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137. The fight will take place in October at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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UFC 137: Details Emerge About Nick Diaz's New Zuffa Contract

USA TODAY's Sergio Non caught up with Nick Diaz's head trainer and manager Cesar Gracie to talk about Diaz's pending bout with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137 as well as to discuss how the fight is even contractually possible. According to Gracie, Diaz recently signed a new deal. Contracted for eight fights, it allows Diaz the flexibility to fight in either UFC or Strikeforce. To wit:

Officials for UFC's parent company, Zuffa, started looking into the possibility of St. Pierre vs. Diaz soon after the acquisition of Strikeforce in March. The St. Pierre bout falls under a new eight-fight deal that Diaz signed with Zuffa, Gracie said.

That contract allows Diaz to fight for both of Zuffa's mixed martial arts promotions. But it precludes professional boxing, which Diaz originally planned to pursue in the fall.

"They were very fair in their dealings with us," Gracie said. "It was kind of a complex contract because of the boxing, so he obviously had to be compensated for not boxing and taking this fight instead."

Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting adds further details. According to Gracie, Diaz's Strikeforce belt may or may not be on the line, the fight was potentially going to be held in Canada and that while Diaz has the option of competing in Strikeforce again, and perhaps most importantly:

Do you think this marks the end of Nick's run in Strikeforce?
Hopefully. If he's back in Strikeforce, I would imagine that's because he lost his next fight.

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UFC 137: Georges St. Pierre Vs. Nick Diaz Betting Odds

We're barely an hour out from the news UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will face Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz at UFC 137 and already there are fight odds. According to veteran oddsmaker Joey Odessa, St. Pierre goes into this fight as a heavy favorite. He has the UFC champion as a -365 favorite:

 

These odds are appropriate. Diaz has long struggled with wrestlers, particularly those with strong submission defense and passing skills: a description that fits St. Pierre very appropriately.

We will be sure to note how these lines move as the fight gets closer. Be sure to follow this SB Nation MMA StoryStream for more news on this fight, UFC 137 and the developing fight card.

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Georges St. Pierre Vs. Nick Diaz Official For UFC 137

Surprising everyone and no one at the same, UFC President Dana White took to Twitter today to announce that Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will face UFC welterweight Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137. According to White, UFC 137 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The announced date is Oct. 29, 2011.

Here is White's Tweet that was published just moments ago:

U wanted it! U GOT IT!!! GSP vs DIAZ Oct 29th UFC 137 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

At UFC 130 when taking questions from the media, White initially denied the possiblity of St. Pierre facing Diaz. Citing roadblocks and other undisclosed obstacles, White said the reports of the fight being made were "bullshit".

It is not yet known whether one or both championship titles will be at stake for the event. There is also no news as to whether the fight will be on Showtime, pay-per-view or some other distribution format.

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