It was 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 would mark the second time this year that St-Pierre has been forced out of a fight after injuring his knee, as an October-scheduled bout against Carlos Condit never came to fruition for that reason. Though the injuries were different in nature, they were both still severe enough to cancel fights and in a joint that, if not handled and rehabilitated properly, could see the end of an athlete’s career.
UFC president Dana White explained at last week’s UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida pre-fight press conference that he’ll see to it that St-Pierre receives care from only the best doctors and is confident that the champion will remain dedicated to making 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,” said the UFC boss. “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 action at UFC 129 in April, where he defeated Jake Shields via unanimous decision. At UFC 143, Carlos Condit will now face Nick Diaz to determine the next challenger at the UFC welterweight title.