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Greg Jackson doesn’t believe GSP will take Nick Diaz’s bait

Georges St-Pierre - UFC 154 WorkoutsUFC welterweight Nick Diaz excels in a lot of areas. He’s got some of MMA’s best boxing, has a polished ground game, and is as durable as fighters come. He’s also excellent when it comes to luring opponents in with trash to impose his attack rather let his foes fall back on their own gameplan.

Though Diaz has offered plenty of harsh words towards champion Georges St-Pierre and is certain to do so on Saturday night when the two face off at UFC 158, one of GSP’s chief trainers doesn’t see his superstar student falling into the controversial Californian’s trap.

“Even if he gets mad, he’ll be able to control it and keep his business his business. He’s incredibly smart, like off-the-charts smart. I think he’s going to be much too smart to fall for that,” said Jackson during a recent interview with Sherdog Radio, mentioning St-Pierre’s state of mind leading up to this weekend would be a bit different but not necessarily in a bad way. “Up to the fight, I’m sure Georges will be emotionally invested in it. I wouldn’t want to see Georges upset. I’ll put it that way. He’s a son of a gun even when he’s calm and rational.”

“I’ve worked with that guy for years, and if you got him really upset and he stays focused, that would be a very dangerous individual,” he concluded.

One of Jackson’s other pupils, Carlos Condit, was able to avoid Diaz’s baiting throughout their 2012 tilt and ended up scoring a decision win. With Jackson’s latest assessment, it appears more of the same could be store for fans in Montreal once the cage door closes.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    So if he takes the bait he ll be a upset dangerous focused person but thats not what jackson wants? Jackson is giving himself a reason to explain a loss imo if it happens. I can picture him saying he fell into his game and got upset and lost. Ive never been a fan of jacksons coaching. Id like to see him fight since he invented his own style of fighting.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Im waiting for a prime time on them ronda got a few weeks of coverage and it was mostly personal life I just want to see them train and a lil smack talk dont hurt.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i hope GSP fights how he wants to fight, not how Greg Jackson wants him to fight. although i’m not sure there is a difference any more

  • The intrigue in this fight is two premises.
    Will Gsp get mad, zig when he should zag and fall prey to Nick’s ultra slick striking or highly aggressive ground attack?
    And on the flip side WTF can Nick do to stop Gsp from dominating him with the much more varied attack he’s bringing?
    Even as a Diaz fan I don’t see the former or latter happening. This will probably look alot like Nate Diaz vs Ben Henderson.

    I can hope though and if any sloppy flurries wind up happening, nor Cal might Finally win some damn gold this year.

  • Venom-MMA says:

    I think GSP is out to make a statement, this is one of the greatest matchups we will see in this division this year. Also stoked for Condit v Hendricks – Big card


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