Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 12/14/12
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The biggest welterweight scrap in mixed martial arts history is official … again. On Friday afternoon, Nick Diaz’s longtime manager, Cesar Garcie, reported his client will challenge reigning 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre (Pictured) for his crown at UFC 158. “Nick Diaz vs GSP is on!” Gracie tweeted. MMAFighting initially reported the two would tango in the March 16th event, which takes place in GSP’s backyard at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, once Diaz signed on the dotted line. It appears the former Strikeforce champion has finally put pen to paper. The rivals were slated to meet in the most anticipated 170-pound affair in MMA history at UFC 137. However, Diaz was yanked from the pay-per-view broadcast after ditching back-to-back “beauty pageants” to promote the October 2011 extravaganza. The organization ultimately rescheduled the contest for UFC 147, but St-Pierre was forced to bow out with a torn ACL. Diaz was then assigned to headline the February contest opposite Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title. Diaz ended up losing a unanimous decision and was so baffled by the verdict that he threatened to retire from the sport. A few weeks later, the 29-year-old was busted for having marijuana metabolites in his system for the second time in five years. The Nevada State Athletic Commission subsequently banned Mr. 209 for one year. Diaz has been riding the pine ever since. He’ll be eligible to reapply for licensing as early as February 4th, 2013. St-Pierre ended his 19-month hiatus in triumphant fashion by unifying the welterweight belt against Condit at UFC 154. Speaking of Condit, “The Natural Born Killer” will grant Rory MacDonald a rematch in the same event.
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