The UFC recently confirmed welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s next match-up would take place in March where he’ll defend his title against fierce rival Nick Diaz. Though the bout is one fans have wanted to see for quite some time, Diaz’s status as top contender was in large part earned due to St-Pierre’s personal issues with the controversial Californian rather than as a result of his performance in the Octagon.

The move left some fans feeling as though St-Pierre was worried about the prospects of facing legitimate #1 challenger, Johny Hendricks, based on the bearded brawler’s power and wrestling pedigree. GSP has since addressed the matter, explaining why he went with Diaz instead of Hendricks.

“I’m not ducking,” St-Pierre clarified in an interview with Fuel TV while at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale supporting teammate Mike Ricci. “I can’t split myself in half. A lot of people want to fight me. Anderson Silva, Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz. Everyone is calling me out. They want the big fight and the pay-per-view. I’m going to take one fight at a time.”

“For me, I was more motivated to fight Nick than Johny Hendricks. I know Johny is going to smack talk to motivate me, but right now I’m focused on Nick Diaz and we’ll see what happens later,” continued St-Pierre.

St-Pierre also added he was also influenced by public opinion, feeling as though his bout with Diaz was “the fight (fans) want to see.”