UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre only got in one title defense last year and he may only get the chance to appear in the cage once more than that this year thanks to multiple leg injuries he suffered, culminating in a surgery to repair a torn ACL.
St-Pierre is now on the mend, working slowly but surely through the rehabilitation process, as described by his coach, Firas Zahabi, during a recent appearance on Sherdog Radio Network’s Beatdown show.
“He’s doing great. He’s doing fantastic,” Zahabi said. “He’s doing the post-surgery rehab, and then after he’s done doing that – it should be done in March – he’s going to start his sports rehabilitation.”
GSP will be working through the next phase of his rehab under Gavin MacMillan, a renowned trainer who runs the Sports Science Lab.
“He trains Troy Polamalu from the NFL,” Zahabi said of MacMillan. “Tremendous trainer. I’ve been corresponding with him for the last little bit since Georges got injured. We have complete faith in him. He’s been through this process before with NFL players. The doctor was more than happy with the results of the surgery. Things are looking really good. Georges is extremely motivated to come back. He’s very excited. He’s got that fire roaring now bigger than ever. Everything is lined up for success hopefully.”
St-Pierre last appeared in action in April, 2011, at UFC 129, defending his title against Jake Shields. He was slated to face Nick Diaz next month in his next title defense but was forced from the bout with the knee injury; now, Diaz will meet Carlos Condit in a fight for the interim UFC title.