One of the viral moments at UFC 266 last September was the short locker room encounter between former rivals Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre. As you’ll see in the clip below, Diaz, who was slated to fight Robbie Lawler in a rematch, approached St-Pierre who was there to corner Nasrat Haqparast in his fight with Dan Hooker.
No backstory was ever told about this little feel-good moment, until recently when St-Pierre spoke about it in his appearance on The MMA Hour.
“When it happened, he was walking towards me. And with Nick Diaz, you never know,” St-Pierre told Ariel Helwani. “So, I was, like… I took a stance in a way that I didn’t know if he wanted to come to fight me or if he wanted to talk to me.
“And when I saw him physically reach out to me with his hand, I was like, ‘Oh OK.’ Now I reach out and I shook his hand. It’s peace, I guess.”
There was a bit of friction between the two men during the lead-up to their UFC 158 title fight in 2013. Long story short, things got more personal, particularly on St-Pierre’s end. But the 40-year-old two-division UFC champion says Diaz is the same way, maybe even more so than he was.
“Nick, I think, he’s one of the guys that took fighting very personal,” he said. “And whatever that I say, I never wanted to hurt him personally. I just said things to make the fight more interesting.
“I never had any animosity with him or any of the guys once I retired. For me, it’s only business.”
St-Pierre has been retired since 2019 and has shown no interest in any combat sports venture. The 38-year-old Diaz, meanwhile, is still part of the UFC’s active roster and according to his longtime mentor, Cesar Gracie may return before the year ends.