UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was recently forced out of a title defense for the second time this year, only this time around the injury would require much more than physical therapy.
Likely as a result of overcompensating for the sprained MCL and torn hamstring that forced him out of an October title defense against Carlos Condit, St-Pierre completely tore his right ACL and partially tore his right meniscus while preparing to face Nick Diaz this coming February.
This injury, being far more severe, required surgery, which St-Pierre underwent at the hands of Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. St-Pierre went under the knife on Tuesday, December 13, and reported through Twitter that the surgery was a full success.
“Dr. ElAttrache says my surgery (ACL patellar tendon autograft) was huge success! Ligament very strong. Tks for support!” posted the champ.
Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz will now face off at UFC 143 for the UFC interim welterweight championship, with the winner to take on St-Pierre when he returns.
St-Pierre last appeared in action at UFC 129 in April, defeating Jake Shields via unanimous decision.