Dana White: UFC in talks with GSP and Nate Diaz for UFC 227 bout

UFC president Dana White says he is hoping to book a fight between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz for UFC 227 on 4 August at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Talking to the UFC Unfiltered podcast on Tuesday, White said “We are working right now to try and put together a GSP-versus-Nate Diaz fight. It is true, and they would fight at 155 pounds,” as per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

If such a fight ever came to fruition, this would be the first time GSP has ever fought as a lightweight and could signal his lofty attempts to become the first ever three-weight champion in the UFC.

Elsewhere on the show, White stated he hopes UFC 227 would see GSP – Diaz accompany the previously announced rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt for the bantamweight championship and the heavily-rumoured light heavyweight contest between Alexander Gustafsson and former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

Though, White stressed the Gustafsson – Rockhold bout will not be for the interim light heavyweight title if booked.

Diaz is currently on his longest run of fight inactivity, having not fought since taking on Conor McGregor in their rematch back in August 2016.

Meanwhile, St-Pierre came off a four-year layoff in November to face Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship. GSP was victorious, adding middleweight gold to his storied history as the longest-reigning welterweight champion in UFC history. However, the French-Canadian relinquished his belt little over a month later citing medical concerns.

Talks will be in their preliminary stages, but if those fights do get booked UFC 227 could be one of the most fascinating fight cards in recent memory. Fingers crossed.

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes is an MMA writer who has covered the sport since 2013 for publications such as Vice Sports, Fightland, Sherdog and now Fighters Only, where he serves as freelance digital editor.