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No one will be a more interested spectator than Georges St-Pierre at UFC 143 Saturday night. But that doesnt mean the injured welterweight champion from Montreal will enjoy his evening watching Nick Diaz battle Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit for the interim 170-pound title at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. St-Pierre, who is recovering from a December knee surgery, is looking forward to discovering who he will face later this year to unify the mixed martial arts championship. Getting in the cage to confront Saturdays winner, however, is a different story. Such a meeting is almost de rigeur in combat sports. But it is not St-Pierres style. "I dont like to be there. I dont like confrontation," St-Pierre told The Canadian Press. "But I know its necessary for the promotion of the sports. The UFC, they force us to do it sometime. They love it." Josh Koscheck, who lost to GSP twice and coached against him on "The Ultimate Fighter," couldnt resist a jab at the champion for his lack of ease in such cage visits. "Hes an awkward little guy," Koscheck said with a chuckle. Should Diaz win, it might make for an interesting faceoff. Diaz was quick to disrespect St-Pierre after beating B.J. Penn in October. St-Pierre, watching from cageside, was so irate that he demanded a fight with Diaz rather than the scheduled one with Condit. UFC president Dana White was happy to oblige, only to see GSP felled by injury. That prompted a fight for the interim title, so there is something on the line while the champion recovers. And it means St-Pierre (22-2) gets to watch Diaz again from the expensive seats. St-Pierre does not have happy memories of climbing into the cage to confront a future opponent. His attempts to trash-talk former champion Matt Hughes backfired, with St-Pierre later explaining he had misunderstood what Hughes had said about him and so had overreacted. "It was a mistake on my part," St-Pierre said. "And I think its disrespectful (to get into the cage). When a guy wins, I think its his moment of glory and I dont want to overshadow that. He wins, he deserves that moment." Whatever happens Saturday after the main event -- and he knows it will be a lot more unpredictable if a hyped-up Diaz wins -- St-Pierre says he will be up for it. "Ill go with the flow," he said with a laugh. St-Pierres ire at Diaz seems to have subsided a bit and he agreed that the streetwise California fighter seemed more personable on the "UFC Primetime" series that aired prior to this weekends card. "Yeah, its true," he said. "I dont think hes a bad human being. I just think to my eyes, hes disrespectful (to me) because Im fighting him. "But Im sure if someone goes to see him as a fan, he might be a good human being. I dont think hes a bad person, I think hes a good person. "I do not believe in bad persons. I think everybody has issues, like I do have issues. Im not a perfect human being. I have qualities and issues, Diaz has qualities and issues. Even though I believe hes a good person, he just has maybe bad social skills. Maybe the camera makes him nervous. Who knows? But I dont think hes a bad person." St-Pierre has respect for both men as fighters -- Diaz is a 2-1 favourite according to many bookies -- and warns any observer who might take Condit lightly. "They should not. I wouldnt be surprised if Condit knocks Diaz out." On the medical front, St-Pierre reports he is ahead of schedule after surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. "Everything (is) good," he said. "Now I just need to listen to the doctor and not go too fast, otherwise I will hurt it again." Thats easier said than done to St-Pierre, who is a workout fanatic and is constantly looking for new ways to improve his training. But he says he has begun to realize that constantly training in top gear is counter-productive. "I used to say Ill sleep when I die. Thats probably the stupidest thing Ive ever said in my life. I will change my mentality a little bit on that." St-Pierre learned the hard way. He believes his latest setback was partly the product of pushing himself too hard. He sustained a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament and a small tear to his internal meniscus in defending an innocent wrestling takedown. It happened seven weeks after he was forced to pull out of an Oct. 29 fight against Condit with a minor left knee injury (sprained medial collateral ligament) and a pulled hamstring on his right leg. He believes while his left leg healed, he was overcompensating with his right leg. And when he returned to training, he kept going despite hyperextending his right knee trying to defend the takedown. It wasnt until several weeks later, feeling continued instability in the knee, that St-Pierre had an MRI that revealed the damage. As with almost everything else he does, St-Pierre delved into the surgery options available to him. He eventually chose Neal S. ElAttrache, who serves as team doctor to the Los Angeles Dodgers and an orthopedic consultant with the Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Rams, Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, and PGA Tour. St-Pierre does not expect to resume full training until the end of July, expecting he will be ready to fight perhaps in November. At present, he is working on his upper body via gymnastics. He is spending most of his time in Los Angeles, near his surgeon, with three to four hours a day spent on rehab. On his down time, St-Pierre -- a fan of paleontology -- has visited the La Brea Tar Pits. An eight-year veteran of the UFC who has spent some four years ruling the 170-pound division, the 30-year-old St-Pierre seems very comfortable in his own skin these days. Gone are the platitudes planted by sports psychologists. He speaks his own mind. And St-Pierre says the time away is allowing his body to heal a slew of minor ailments, along with the major one. But Koscheck wonders aloud about the knee. "Hopefully he gets a speedy recovery," the Fresno-based fighter said. "But I know friends that have had that surgery and they say theyre never the same after it." Wholesale MLB Jerseys . - Phil Macks penalty kick with no time remaining completed a remarkable comeback Sunday as Canada defeated Samoa 22-19 to finish third at the USA Sevens — its best ever finish at an IRB Sevens rugby event. Cheap MLB Jerseys . 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"It changes the energy and good things like this happen, not only individually but as a team. We put up some runs on the board and felt more comfortable." Penas homer to centre off Drew Hutchison (3-2) was estimated at 452 feet. He finished with two hits in five at-bats. "I liked his at-bats in general," Maddon said. "Overall its just about a mind set. Its just about what youre thinking and changing that a little bit. Its all about confidence. When he gets his confidence going youre going to see a lot more of that." Drew Sutton had RBI double and Chris Gimenez hit a run-scoring grounder as the Rays took a 6-0 lead in the fourth. Gimenez also had a fifth-inning RBI single. Rays starter Matt Moore walked three in the fifth and couldnt get through the inning as the Blue Jays scored four times to get within 6-4. Jose Bautista drove in two with a bases-loaded single and two more runs scored when third baseman Sean Rodriguez was charged with an error for an errant throw to first on Edwin Encarnacions grounder. "Obviously, Im just upset with myself in that situation," Moore said. "I know Im better than that, and thats not the way I want to represent myself." Moore allowed four runs, three hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings. Hutchison lasted four innings, giving up six runs and seven hits. "I just didnt make good pitches," Hutchison said. "Obviously struggled. Didnt give us a chance to win." Relliever Wade Davis (1-0) gave up one run in two innings.dddddddddddd Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th save. Tampa Bay also got solo homers from Luke Scott and B.J. Upton. Yan Gomes had a sixth-inning solo homer for Toronto. First base umpire Andy Fletcher briefly left after being hit by a batted ball. Fletcher appeared to get struck on the left arm behind the bag by Brett Lawries foul liner with two outs in the Toronto fourth inning. He returned to the field in the fifth. "It seemed like the further he moved, the more the ball chased him," Lawrie said. "Just a bit of bad luck that it hit him." Lawrie was called out by second umpire Rob Drake as part of a double play in the eighth. Drake ruled that Lawries momentum on a slide into second carried him past the bag and that he did not re-touch the base returning to first on Gomes fly out. "All I wanted to know was what was going on," Lawrie said. "I didnt know what happened. For me, I didnt go to third base. I slid in, popped up and went back (to first). If Im getting called out for something, Im just wondering why Im getting called out. I just didnt get an answer tonight." Lawrie completed a four-game suspension on Sunday. Lawrie was ejected last Tuesday by home plate umpire Bill Miller after complaining about consecutive called strikes. When Lawrie slammed his helmet on the ground, it bounced up and hit Miller on the right hip. NOTES: Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria (partial tear left hamstring) has started a light running program. Longoria continues fielding grounders and taking batting practice. ... Toronto manager John Farrell said a minor league progression plan for DH-OF Vladimir Guerrero has not been finalized. "He is in great shape," Farrell said. "The early view has been positive," Guerrero is currently with the extended spring training team. ... Rays OF Desmond Jennings (sprained left knee) could soon be ready for a short minor league rehab assignment. ... Encarnacion, who has been getting treatment for a minor back injury, was the DH. ' ' '
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