Fitch fumes at news of St-Pierre v Diaz fight

ESPN staff
May 22, 2011

Jon Fitch has slammed reports that Nick Diaz will be Georges St-Pierre's next opponent, labelling Diaz a "paper champ".

Fitch has won five of his last six fights, drawing the other against BJ Penn. He has only lost once in his last 23 bouts, that defeat coming against St-Pierre.

However, the AKA man's grinding style - coupled with the fact he got dominated by St-Pierre - has made the UFC hugely hesitant to put on a rematch. Fitch remembers his loss to GSP differently though, insisting he put on the most entertaining of all St-Pierre's title defences since the Canadian regained his belt three years ago.

The next to test St-Pierre is expected to be Diaz in December, the month Fitch plans to return from injury. Reacting to news that the Strikeforce v UFC bout is verbally agreed, Fitch is adamant Diaz has plenty to do to prove he is a worthy No. 1 contender.

He wrote on Twitter: "Why would that fight be good? Diaz got [his] title because[Jake] Shields vacated the belt. Paper champ.

"Let's see Shields vs Diaz for No. 1 contender while I'm hurt. Keep that going Fitch Fanatics. GSP vs Diaz = Bulls***.

"You know it's bulls*** buddy. Who else should fight the Frenchie other than me? I'll fight anyone. I'm out till December. But I'll fight anyone, hopefully GSP in December."

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