It looks like Johny Hendricks will have to wait for his title shot even though he did not break his hand in his fight with Carlos Condit. The reason for the postponement comes from longtime welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who suffered an Achilles Tendon injury before his fight with Nick Diaz. All of this comes from St. Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi, who said that his pupil was also sick the week of the fight on top of everything else.
“Fortunately, there were no tears. That said, it was very tense and very painful, but not enough to cancel the fight. Our concern was that the tendon tears during combat. For the moment, we do not know if he aggravated his injury, but it certainly will undergo treatment in the coming weeks so the tendon can heal properly.”
While it is not sure how long the injury will take to heal, Zahabi hopes that St. Pierre will take six months to fully rehab the injury and train for the fight against Hendricks. Of course, this injury may not have been taken as seriously if this was two or three years ago, but coming off of a year layoff due to an ACL tear has probably made everyone around GSP a little more cautious when injuries arise.
All of this makes a lot of sense, considering that GSP looked relatively tired at the end of the fight compared to his performance against Condit. While this could be due to just facing a harder opponent in Diaz, it could also be due to the sickness and injury. GSP is always the professional though, because he never mentioned any of this in the lead up or after the fight.