UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has spent several months on the sidelines, recovering from a knee injury that was followed up by surgery for an injured ligament. Now, GSP is just a few short weeks away from stepping back inside the Octagon.
On Thursday, St-Pierre and Carlos Condit took part in a press conference to officially announce UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit for Montreal this November.
St-Pierre has not defended his title since 2011 when he defeated Jake Shields. Condit claimed the interim title with a win over Nick Diaz earlier this year. For GSP, the treatment he received in rehab was perfect.
“Thanks to the UFC for taking care of me,” St-Pierre said. “They took care of me like a king. They helped me chose the best surgeon, best rehab people for my knee. If I came back today like I am, it’s because the UFC took care of me.”
St-Pierre added that “when you get hurt, you realize health is the most important thing.” As a fighting champion, not competing inside the Octagon was hard for GSP to deal with at first.
“I am very glad to be back,” St-Pierre said. “I changed a lot of stuff at my training, my life. I’ve never been so pumped up in my life to step into the Octagon again.”