GSP doesn't see himself as champ anymore

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Bubbles
2/1/12 12:24:06PM
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre doesn't like Nick Diaz. But that won't stop him from cheering on the Stockton, Calif., native on Saturday at UFC 143 as the latter takes on Carlos Condit in the main event for the interim welterweight title.

GSP will be cageside for the fight and says he will feel conflicted while watching Diaz and Condit compete.

"I respect Carlos Condit, but I want Diaz to win. It will be a weird feeling, sitting at the Mandalay Bay wanting Nick Diaz to win," St-Pierre told the UFC.

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"I am very nervous that Carlos Condit will win on Saturday night, and that I won't be able to fight Nick Diaz this summer," St-Pierre said.

"Carlos Condit is a very good fighter, he can strike, he is aggressive and he has submissions. He has been very impressive and is the type of fighter who gets better and better the more confident he gets … I am not personal friends with him but I know him a little and he's a great person.

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"All that has done though is make me determined to beat him up. He will bring out the best in me, I will be 100 per cent focused, like a bomb-expert defusing a time bomb. When my back is against the wall and I have no choice but to win … that is when I am most dangerous.

Despite the fact most people don't give much thought to interim titles, St-Pierre feels the opposite.

"The way I see it, I am not the champion anymore on Saturday night," St-Pierre said. "I have not fought since April, against my will, but I understand the champion must fight. You have to put the belt on the line in order to call yourself champion, the best in the world. Right now I am not the best in the world, I am injured.

“The winner of this fight on Saturday will be more than just the new No. 1 contender, but he won't be the new champion either. The winner of this fight will have to beat me to become the true world champion and I will have to beat the winner of this fight in order to call myself the best in the world again."

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tn_rebel
2/1/12 4:21:13PM
He is the only one. To be the man, you gotta beat the man.
Poor_Franklin
2/1/12 4:37:45PM
GSP sure does sound motivated as of late. sucks for everyone else in the WW division
DancingDoll
2/1/12 4:37:54PM
I always have high level respect for GSP.

He's professional, a top caliber athlete and always a class act.

Pookie
2/1/12 5:48:07PM
He should.
bjj1605
2/1/12 8:54:11PM
I love his attitude here.

They always say that its harder to remain motivated as champ.

Telling yourself you're no longer champ is a neat mental trick to get around that.
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