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Georges St-Pierre Targeting November UFC Return, Wants to Fight Nick Diaz

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is targeting a November return to the Octagon after recovering from a knee injury and surgery and hopes to fight Nick Diaz in his first fight back.

“Hard training will be in July, and fighting again I would say beginning of November,” St-Pierre said Monday on Inside MMA on HDNet. “Of course [I hope to fight this year]. Late October or the beginning of November would be good.”

St-Pierre hopes Diaz wins his clash with Carlos Condit next month at UFC 143 for the interim welterweight title because it would set up a bigger fight for his return and a matchup that was previously scheduled twice.

“The reason why I wish Nick Diaz to win that fight is because I want to fight Nick Diaz.  I don’t want to fight Carlos Condit, I want to fight Nick Diaz. I just hope the best man will win, but if the best man is Nick Diaz I will appreciate it more because it will be a better build up for a fight.”

A November return would be more than 18 months after St-Pierre outpointed Jake Shields in his most-recent fight at UFC 129 this past April in front of a record crowd in Toronto, Canada for his 10th-straight win.

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