Anyone waiting Georges St-Pierre’s imminent return to the UFC will have to wait a bit longer. The former welterweight champion announced Tuesday that he suffered a torn ACL that requires surgery.
Tore my left ACL in training. Surgery in a few days. Rehab, pain, hard work, no shortcuts- I’ll soon be back at 100%. Thanks for the support
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) March 27, 2014
St-Pierre blew out the knee while training, but didn’t disclose if he was training for anything in particular. ACL injuries usually involve a 6-9 month recovery period, depending on their severity and how patient is progressing. Unfortunately, he is not a stranger to the process.
A similar injury in October 2011 kept the Canadian out of action nearly a year. After pulling out of a UFC 137 match with Carlos Condit, St-Pierre revealed that a torn ACL would also keep him from a welterweight championship match with Nick Diaz at UFC 143.
“Rush” made a successful return in November 2012, defeating Condit via unanimous decision. He fought two more times before inexplicably retiring following a controversial victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. He willingly surrendered the welterweight title belt to UFC President Dana White and hasn’t look back since.
“We all face challenges in our lives and I know only one way to take this one: Pain, hard work, no shortcuts and I will soon be back at 100%. Stay tuned and thanks for your amazing support, as always,” St-Pierre posted to his Facebook page.
With Anderson Silva and Cain Velasquez sidelined until 2015, the UFC prayed for St-Pierre to have a change of heart. White remains confident that “GSP” will return to the Octagon stating that it’s a matter of “when” not “if.” At 32-years-old, St-Pierre still has the youth and health to make a comeback in the early part of 2015. Whether he decides on it is another question.
Stay tuned to Scifighting.com as news of St-Pierre’s injury is released.