UFC 227 is on the verge of becoming one of the biggest PPV events of the year as a lightweight bout between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz is in the works for the co-main event of UFC 227 according to UFC President Dana White.
White was recently on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast in which he went on to state, “It is true, and (St-Pierre and Diaz) would fight at 155 pounds,” White told hosts Matt Serra and Jim Norton. “There are rumors that we were doing Gustafsson versus Rockhold. That is true, but that is not for the interim title. That’s false. It might be L.A. I’m targeting L.A. In my perfect world if everything goes perfect, which nothing goes (expletive) perfect in this world: (T.J.) Dillashaw versus (Cody) Garbrandt, GSP versus Diaz would be the co-main, Gustafsson versus Rockhold, and Derek Brunson versus Antonio Carlos Junior.”
UFC 227 currently has a rematch between Dillashaw and Garbrandt as the main event for the bantamweight title.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz possible for UFC 227
St-Pierre has not fought since capturing the 185-pound title against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 which dates all the way back to November 4, 2017.
Diaz (19-11) last appeared in the Octagon in August of 2016 when he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor.
Diaz had not planned to fight in the Octagon until being offered either the McGregor-Diaz trilogy or a payday from the UFC that he feels he earned. Perhaps the UFC finally proposed an offer he couldn’t refuse.
It is unclear what the UFC’s intentions are in setting up this fight as St-Pierre would be moving down two weight classes after vacating the middleweight title due to illness. All signs point towards the UFC looking to set up a lightweight bout between McGregor and the winner of this bout.
UFC 227 is set to take place on August 4, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.