The current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has been out a with an ACL injury to his right knee. He was last scheduled to take on former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. Unfortunately, Diaz was then set up to fight Carlos Condit for the interim belt and then lost in a split decision at UFC 143.
But now one of the top pound for pound fighters in the game has been cleared to defend his belt.
Two hours ago, he tweeted:
I’m now medically cleared to compete in professional mixed martial arts events- Rendez-vous le 17 novembre, @ufc 154, Montréal!!!
— Georges St-Pierre(@GeorgesStPierre) August 28, 2012
The champ’s discipline, willingness, hard work and dedication has lead him to shorten the expected ten month layoff after his surgery. He has blown through his rehab and has already begun a full training camp. This might also explain why he’s still a -350 favorite and Condit a +265 underdog.
Hopefully this new found drive will lead him to being one of most exciting athletes the MMA world has seen.
“Towards the end, I didn’t have the drive anymore. I was doing it because I had to do it. I didn’t have fun anymore. I lost a little bit of the love for the sport. There is a saying in English that you don’t repair something that is not broken. Sometimes I believe you have to break it yourself to repair it, to make it better. Because the sport of mixed martial arts will evolve. If I stay at the same level, they will catch up to me. I need to evolve, to stay ahead of game. The critics are always there. I listen to the critics. I’m very critical on myself. I want to make more finishes myself. I want to be more exciting, take more risks, be more opportunistic. I’ve been working on that a lot.”
UFC 154 is scheduled for November 17, 2012 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.