Everyone has been waiting for word that Georges St-Pierre is good to go and will be able to unify his UFC welterweight championship with the interim belt around Carlos Condit’s waist at UFC 154 in November in Montreal.
Well, we can’t exactly say that just yet, but St-Pierre has given a good reason for hope that it may happen.
“I’m back in Montreal and full-time training! Already tried a few kicks – right knee is super strong…,” St-Pierre wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
St-Pierre tore his ACL in training late last year and had to undergo surgery and an extensive rehabilitation process.
None would be more excited than UFC president Dana White, who has fallen short of main event caliber bouts lately, especially for pay-per-views. White already confirmed that November is the target for St-Pierre’s return, and Wednesday’s post by the champion certainly helps strengthen the odds.
St-Pierre vs. Condit in November would give the UFC a strong event heading into year’s end, and also start the process of unclogging a glut of contenders in the welterweight division.
Jake Ellenberger, Johny Hendricks, and Martin Kampmann had all been knocking on the door. With GSP on the sidelines and Condit waiting for him, however, Ellenberger and Kampmann headlined the TUF Live Finale, Kampmann eliminating Ellenberger as a contender for the time being.
Should St-Pierre return to face Condit in November as planned, Kampmann and Hendricks will square off on the supporting card, setting up the next immediate contender for the winner, save for a rematch.
The way the injury bug has bitten the UFC over the summer, however; it’s probably not advisable to hold your breath on the scenario playing out as smoothly as White would like.