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White reveals he has the power to make GSP v Diaz

ESPN staff
May 1, 2011

UFC president Dana White admits it is possible for him to put together a champion v champion clash between Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre.

Speaking in the aftermath of another one-sided UFC welterweight title defence by St-Pierre, who beat Jake Shields by unanimous decision, White is under increasing pressure to find a genuine challenge for GSP.

It is four years since St-Pierre lost a fight, and it has been a similar period since he even looked close to being beaten. The name of Strikeforce champion Diaz - who always comes to fight - is the next to be thrown into the equation. Diaz has contractual issues due to his Strikeforce association, and he seems intent on moving into boxing, but White revealed he could make the fight happen if it makes sense.

"I imagine I could do whatever I wanted to do if I really wanted," the UFC president said. "But we have a contract with Showtime, and he's a Strikeforce fighter. We'll see how it works out, but that's an interesting fight.

"I'll tell you what, I was there for that last fight, and I was blown away by his last fight," White said of Diaz's war with Paul Daley. "He looked incredible. It's interesting."

St-Pierre refused to discuss the topic of a superfight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who fights Yushin Okami at UFC Rio in August.

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