Is it deja vu all over again? It looks as if Georges St. Pierre must put his fight with Nick Diaz on the back burner once more.
GSP will need reconstruction of the torn ACL in his right knee, which he termed a “compensation injury”, from a problem with his left knee beforehand.
Earlier today, GSP gave his fans his thoughts on the injury and what will happen next;
“A few months ago I was on top of the world and I’m now I’m in a downfall, but you recognize a champion from how he comes back from things that don’t go well. Everybody that says bad things and says bad stuff about me right now, mark my words. I’m going to tell you right now, I’m in a downfall in my life, but in a few months, I’ll be back stronger than ever, and I will be champion again. I promise.”
St. Pierre mentioned that he hurt his knee wrestling. He stated that he heard a crack and felt some pain, but decided to go on with practice. When he eventually visited his orthopedist, Dr. Sebastien Simard, a MRI showed a total tear of his ACL and a small tear in his meniscus.
Dr. Simard, who has operated on GSP twice before, said that the fighter should return to the level of competition he was at previously.
And although Dana White stated that Georges would be out for 10 months, Dr. Simard estimated that the fighter would be back in and full recovered within 6-9 months.
“His recovery rate is completely off the charts,” Simard said.
St. Pierre will first go under the knife and then rehabilitate to strengthen his knee, back to where it needs to be for competition.
“I believe there is only one person to blame for what happened and it’s myself,” he said. “I’m the kind of guy, I endure pain and go through it. I learned a big lesson in my life. It’s going to make me stronger, smarter and more clever.”
Georges stated that his diagnosis was a shock to him, as he didn’t feel any of the common symptoms that were felt in previous injuries. He went on to say that he practiced with Vitor Belfort recently, and was not able to do certain positions because of instability. This is when he decided to visit his doctor.
While GSP is recovering, Nick Diaz will take on Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title. ‘Rush’ says he feels this is “the right thing to do.”
“Some people will say bad stuff about me, that ‘he’s finished,’ and stuff like that. What I’m going to tell you it’s very easy to hit a guy when he’s down. We have a saying in France, ‘The life goes up and down.’ People will laugh because I’m in a downfall, I’m hurt, I’m not a threat to them. But I’ll be back on top, mark my words.”