It seems Georges St. Pierre’s former Tristar teammate Kenny Florian is jumping into Nick Diaz’s corner. Well, maybe not in quite they way you’re thinking.

On Thursday, during an episode The Buzzer on FoxSports.com, Florian explained why he agrees with Nick Diaz’s recent comments that St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight champion, is afraid to fight former middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

“You guys might be surprised by my answer, but I actually think [Diaz] is right. GSP has been very good about competing his whole life, but it’s always been at 170-pounds,” revealed Florian. “I also think that fear, or whatever it is about him being scared, has driven him to become the greatest champion in UFC history. I think that’s what brings out the best in Georges St. Pierre.

“Any fighter always want the odds to be in their favor and for [GSP] to go up in weight at 185-pounds and then fight a guy like Anderson Silva, who many consider the greatest of all time, I think it’s a smart decision by Georges. Georges wanted to fight at more of a catch weight like 175 or maybe 170 pounds where obviously the advantage would be in his favor. So is GSP scared? Yes, and that’s also what made him one of the best champions of all time.”

St. Pierre, of course, has not been seen competing inside the Octagon since earning a controversial decision victory over Johny Hendricks in their welterweight title fight at UFC 167 last November. Following this victory, ‘Rush’ dropped a bombshell on the fighting community when he announced he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the sport he had dominated for so long.

Not long after, St. Pierre suffered an ACL injury while training in his gym in Montreal. Fans began to wonder why a man who had retired was all of a sudden back in the gym training. Rumors quickly began to swirl about how the former welterweight kingpin was working towards his return to the Octagon and perhaps grant the fans the long sought after superfight against Silva, whose reign atop the 185-pound division can only be matched by St. Pierre’s dominance of the 170-pound division. St. Pierre would quickly dispel these rumors and revealed he still had no intention of returning any time soon.

So with a potential matchup between the two most dominant fighters in MMA history put on hold once again, the UFC announced Diaz, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, will be making the move up to 185-pound in order to face Silva in the main event of UFC 183 on January 31 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It should be noted that even if St. Pierre was planning on competing again, there is still no timetable for his return.

 

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