UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre had knee surgery on Tuesday; his first step back to the Octagon.
St-Pierre tweeted that Tuesday’s surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles was a success.
“Dr. ElAttrache says my surgery (ACL patellar tendon autograft) was huge success! Ligament very strong. Tks for support!” tweeted GSP.
St-Pierre blew out his knee, tearing his ACL and doing damage to his meniscus, while training for a bout with Nick Diaz that was slated for UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend. The champ had to back out of his UFC 137 fight against Carlos Condit in October due to a sprained knee.
UFC president Dana White, when he announced St-Pierre’s injury, indicated that he would be out of action for about 10 months, but was also confident in his champion’s resilience.
“These knee injuries are very common in athletes, whether you blow your ACL or whatever else it might be,” White said . “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.”
St-Pierre’s doctor, Neal S. ElAttrache, is a renowned surgeon, known for work with professional athletes. He is the team doctor of the Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball team.