Former UFC Welterweight King Georges St-Pierre laid down his belt and walked away from the fight game after his controversial victory over current UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks, back in November. A leave of absence that UFC President Dana White assured us would only be temporary.
However, it seems now, that the absence is going to be much longer than previously anticipated.
It seems that GSP has unfortunately torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during a training session. The same injury on the opposite knee that he sustained in 2011, that sidelined the champion for 14 months.
During that time, Carlos Condit secured the interim title after his bout with Nick Diaz. Upon his return, Georges was able to best the ‘Natural Born Killer’ and once again be crowned the UFC Welterweight Champion. He then shut the mouth of (if even possible) the elder Diaz brother, by beating him via unanimous decision at UFC 158, back in March of 2013. Eight months down the road, he faced the most difficult challenge in his career against Johny Hendricks, won, then walked away.
UFC President Dana White took some time to sit with the Los Angeles Times for an interview regarding Georges most recent knee injury:
“I didn’t think his hiatus was going to be that long. That’s one of the risks you run when you get away from the sport like that. You have a small window as a professional athlete to make what you can. The guy gave up his belt, walked away from the sport, and now he’s out for who knows how long … last time he had this injury, it was 14 months.”
Georges took to Twitter with some inspirational words for all of his fans:
“Tore my left ACL in training. Surgery in a few days. Rehab, pain, hard work, no shortcuts- I’ll soon be back at 100%. Thanks for the support.”
And with the former champ creeping into his late 30’s after his upcoming rehab, it’s hard to say if we’ll ever see him in the Octagon again.Dana White, georges st. pierre, gsp, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news