Georges St-Pierre Targets November 2012 Return

January 16, 2012
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November seems so far away right now, but that’s when UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is targeting his return to action.

St-Pierre is currently sidelined after tearing his ACL in training and having surgery to repair the damage. The champion appeared on HDNet’s Inside MMA on Monday where he gave an update on his recovery and estimated time for a return to the Octagon.

“Hard training will be in July, and fighting again for the timing to get back I would say in November, I can come back in November,” St-Pierre stated.

St-Pierre is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Los Angeles, where he also had the surgery to repair the knee.

If November is the time for St-Pierre to return, it will have been approximately 18 months from the last time he stepped foot in the Octagon at UFC 129 where he defeated Jake Shields.

In the mean time, the UFC will crown an interim welterweight champion on Feb. 4 when former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz meets current top UFC contender Carlos Condit.

UFC president Dana White has already stated that it’s likely that the winner of that fight will defend the title at least once before St-Pierre is back healthy to unify the belts.

While it may be late into 2012 before the Canadian returns, GSP is more than hopeful to get at least one fight in this year.

“Oh yeah, of course, I hope so,” said St-Pierre. “Please give it to me.”

Check out the full video of Georges St-Pierre on Inside MMA:

  • RonnieV

    19 months is a long time between fights. Thank God there will be an interim champ. I like GSP, but with ACL surgery (which I’ve had), he will never be the same fighter again. If he gets a title fight his first fight back, I just don’t see him winning no matter who has the belt.

    MMAWeekly, come April, does GSP lose his Top 10 ranking? I believe his last fight was aginst Jake Shields last April.

    • phrankthetank

      This is a guy who has received the best treatment money can buy, it’s not your typical recovery. He’ll be just fine by the time he fights. The only factor would be ring rust and I doubt that will slow him down much.

      • RonnieV

        Ring Rust & ACL recovery are the reasons I think he will never be back to where he was. GSP’s best attribute was his speed and takedowns, he will never be as explosive as before.

        • phrankthetank

          Sure he will. You’re talking about a guy who’s never stopped developing, and has a fresh acl. The guy could come back better than ever. Given the way he trains, I doubt ring rust will even be a serious issue

          • RonnieV

            A fresh ACL? When was the last time you saw somebody come back stronger after ACL surgery? Any sport? Just give me one example?

          • phrankthetank

            Its a matter of how strong his acl was before, if he was fine and bam it tore, then yea, the reconstruction could slow him down a bit, but if it was a lingering issue and the weakened acl finally gave out, then rebuilding it could actually show improvement to its pre-tearing condition. He backed out of his original fight due to a knee injury which I believe he said in an interview was a recurring problem.

  • Hope his recovery goes well.

  • Yeah after a year out, someone loses eligibility for the top ten. I’m assuming the winner of Diaz vs. Condit will be the new No. 1 and assuming whoever it is will face GSP when he comes back.

  • Mario

    Damn 🙁

    I’m going to miss GSP 🙁


  • fsunoles09

    i dont like gsp but this scks i been wantin to see him and diaz for a long time now not that i think diaz will just walk thru condit i just really wanna see the gsp diaz fight.idk about yall but i cant wait to see how gsp reacts to diaz shi t talk in the ring and all which i almost know he wont aknowledge it but still a bit curious to see what would happen though.

    • MrAdidas

      I think you’re jumping ahead of yourself here, do you honestly think that Diaz who hasnt really fought any top contenders in years (besides Daley – who isnt really deserving of a top 10 ranking), will go out there & “just walk through Condit?” – Who’s been in the UFC figthing much better fighters than Diaz has been in Strikeforce? I think Condit wins this fight by TKO/Stoppage due to cuts! If an out of shape BJ Penn can make Diaz look the way he did, in just 5 mins, what do you think Diaz is going to look like when he fights someone not 6 inches shorter & who’s not out of shape?!? Dont get me wrong, I’m not saying Diaz cannot win this fight, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did, BUT I think Condit takes this one! BTW: Condit has ALOT more power than Diaz….. strikes, kicks, elbows, knees etc. (IMO)

      • phrankthetank

        Very true, should be a great fight

      • RonnieV

        Condit may win the first round, just like BJ, then he’s done! Nick, has a great chin, and the best stamina.

        • phrankthetank

          Condit has much better cardio than penn. as long as he can keep up the pace for 5 rds it doesn’t matter who’s cardio is better. If Diaz can go 10 rds that’s great, but the fight is only 5. I like condit in this fight, he’s got more heart than Diaz, proved it against rory, not to mention he’s been knocking everyone out.

          • RonnieV

            Condit does have great cardio, but when was the last time he went five rounds with an opponent that typically gets stronger throughout the fight. Nick set a 3 round compustrike record verse BJ, and then Nate broke that record against Cerrone. Those non-stop shots will wear down any fighter.

          • phrankthetank

            Cerrone didn’t look like he was into it after the 1st 30 seconds, and penn gassed out as per usual. It’s tough to do that to a guy like condit, is it possible? Yes, do I think condit will be bullied? No

          • RonnieV

            Well regardless, it will be a great fight, and the debates will really heat up in a couple weeks. Nobody fills up these message boards more than Diaz fans & haters! Although Sonnen is a close second. I’ve said a couple times already I will barbeque my crow up before I eat it, if Diaz loses!

        • Cptmats

          Thats just dumb ! So Diaz is gonna win cause he can go 15 rounds ? the fight is only five and Condit can do five rounds without a prob. Diaz is a punk who hasn’t fought a ufc caliber opponent in years except BJ and BJ made him look like an amateur for the first five minutes, and would have for the next ten as well if he didn’t gas like he always does.
          Diaz has great cardio, everything else is ok at best !

  • bajafox

    I dont like GSP but I never wanted him to go out like this. I paid for almost all of his title defenses to hopefully see somebody finally beat him.

    Whoever wins between Diaz and Condit might even have time to squeeze in a title defense before GSP gets back. I’d like to see the top 5 get shuffled and have some new contenders for when GSP comes back.

  • fsunoles09

    apparently ol boy didnt catch the part in my comment sayin “not that i think diaz will run thru condit” just read and comprehend a lil better brotha