Dana White Confident of Georges St-Pierre Return

December 8, 2011
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Dana White announced via Twitter on Wednesday that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is injured and unable to defend his title at UFC 143 on Feb. 4 in Las Vegas. The injury, a blown ACL, according to White, sets up an interim title fight between current No. 1 contender Nick Diaz and one-time No. 1 contender Carlos Condit.

On Thursday at the UFC 140 pre-fight press conference, White explained the commonplace that injuries, such as St-Pierre’s, have in the world of sports. The UFC boss expressed confidence that his champion’s ACL will not hinder the career of the PPV star, and the comeback will, indeed, happen.

“These knee injuries are very common in athletes, whether you blow your ACL or whatever else it might be,” White said when asked about St-Pierre’s condition. “We’re going to make sure Georges gets the right surgery with the right guy, the right rehabilitation. He’s an athlete that’s taken very good care of himself through his entire career. He’s a guy that’ll put in the work and do the things that need to be done. I’m 100-percent confident that Georges St-Pierre will rebound from this injury and come back.”

Condit was previously scheduled to face St-Pierre on Super Bowl weekend, but was asked to step aside in favor of Diaz when the champion personally asked for it. Following his win over B.J. Penn at UFC 137, Diaz spoke openly about wanting a shot at St-Pierre, calling him out in his post-fight interview. This, apparently, got under the champion’s skin and he asked UFC brass to let him fight Diaz on Feb. 4, instead of facing Condit.

No longer is this the case for GSP, unfortunately. With the champ out for a reported 10 months, Diaz and Condit are set to square off for an interim title. The length of St-Pierre’s time on the injury list will likely require the interim champion to defend their belt once or twice before GSP is ready to go.

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  • Could not have happened to a better person, (and oddly at a very good time) I hope GSP heals in time to get his butt kicked by Diaz this summer….

    • phrankthetank

      Keep hoping

    • MrAdidas

      BAHAHAHAHA – OMG that was a good one, 1st Diaz has to beat Condit, which could happen, just as easily as him losing to Condit could happen as well. When was the last time GSP got his butt kicked?!? If Fitch, Koscheck, Alves, or Shields (who apparently is a way better fighter than Diaz – but maybe not so now b/c he lost to GSP) could’nt do it or even make it interesting, then how in the hell is Diaz going to whoooop GSP?!? 1st lets see if Diaz actually shows up to a press conference, then lets see if he beats Condit & then lets see if he can defend the interim title Vs the same tyoe of fighters GSP has been fighting since he entered the UFC. I guarantee you Diaz does not beat Koscheck, Fitch, Rory McDonald & hell I’d like to see him fight Ellenberger & get KTFO like Shields did.

      “I hope GSP heals in time to get his butt kicked by Diaz this summer….” – BAHAHAHAHAH good one!

  • tomkevill

    too bad because on paper diaz is the easiest fight of his career. Guy with no takedown defense that cuts easy.

  • bdono554

    GSP has to use his ground and pound to do that. Which he hasn’t done since he fought Alves. He’s become stagnant since he started spending most of his time at the tri-star gym. He needs to get his ass back to Jacksons camp and start beating the crap out of guys again. This bs strategy of only using what your think your opponent is bad at has made him boring! Your GSP! The champ! You should have no fear of anything in anyone’s game! Use all your tools! It’s like tiger woods golfing with only his driver and putter but the crazy thing is he’s still winning! Sooner or later it’s going to bite him in the ass. I dont think it’ll be diaz or condit but it’ll happen!