UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has coasted throughout most of his storied career without dealing with too many injuries.
St-Pierre has never been known as a fighter to pull out of a match-up due to injury, so that’s another reason why Tuesday’s news was all the more shocking.
Following a knee injury suffered in training, St-Pierre had to make the unfortunate call to Dana White and Joe Silva to inform them that he would be unable to fight Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 137.
Speaking to SportsNet in Canada on Wednesday, an emotional St-Pierre admits it was one of the hardest moments of his professional career to deal with.
“I’m not going to lie, I cried yesterday. I had a ton of pressure falling off my shoulders, because for the last few days I was in the mindset that I was nervous for the fight. I was excited for the fight but I was also nervous to know if I was going to be able to fight,” St-Pierre said in the interview.
“Now all the pressure is off, I feel much better. I’m going to do some rehab, maybe take a vacation because I went through a lot. It’s not only the fight, it’s all the training camp, I went through a lot of stuff. I need to reset the whole thing again and I’ll be ready for the next one.”
According to St-Pierre as well as his trainer Firas Zahabi, the injury wasn’t severe and won’t require surgery, but it will require the champion to sit out and rest for a few weeks before getting back to work.
The current timeline for St-Pierre’s return is still to be determined, but the champion is hoping for the early part of 2012.
“I would say maybe end of January, possibly the beginning of February. Super Bowl, around this time,” St-Pierre stated.
When St-Pierre comes back he will be facing Carlos Condit, who was also pulled off the card when the Canadian suffered the knee injury.
The Super Bowl card, which is traditionally one of the biggest UFC events of the year, could be the perfect landing spot for St-Pierre vs. Condit if the timing works out. The show takes place in Las Vegas, the same as UFC 137, and if both fighters are healthy it would ultimately only push back their fight by a few months.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information on St-Pierre’s return when it becomes available.