It has been announced recently that UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre had completely torn his right ACL and would be forced out of his planned February title defense against Nick Diaz at UFC 143.
This is the second time this year St-Pierre has been forced out of a fight for injuring his knee. (His October-scheduled bout against Carlos Condit never came to that reason.) Even though his injuries were different in nature, they were still severe enough to cancel fights and leave everyone holding their breath hoping the champion isn’t on the decline.
UFC President Dana White explained at UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida pre-fight press conference that he’ll personally see to it that St-Pierre receives care from only the best doctors and is confident that the champion will remain dedicated and make a full and complete recovery.
“These knee injuries are very common in athletes, whether you blow your ACL or whatever else it might be. 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 last appeared in a UFC cage at UFC 129 in April, where he defeated Nick Diaz’s training partner and good friend Jake Shields by a run away unanimous decision. At UFC 143, Carlos Condit will now face Nick Diaz to determine the next challenger at the UFC welterweight title as well as interim champion during St. Pierre’s absence.