When UFC president Dana White reported welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (Pictured) would be forced out of his UFC 137 bout against Carlos Condit, there were conflicting reports regarding when GSP actually suffered his injury. Just hours before White made Tuesday’s announcement, a picture of St-Pierre practicing his kicks was posted on his Twitter account stating, “Very focused right now.”
In an interview with SportsNet, St-Pierre cleared the air regarding his wounds. It appears he originally suffered a “moderate ligament strain” that may have damaged the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his knee this past Saturday. However, the 30-year-old believed he could still make the October 29th date if he trained lightly. Unfortunately for fight fans, he injured his hamstring on Tuesday because he was overcompensating for the initial injury.
“I’m not going to lie – I cried [on Tuesday],” St-Pierre candidly revealed. “I had a ton of pressure falling off my shoulders, because for the last few days I was in the mindset that I was nervous for the fight. I was excited for the fight, but I was also nervous to know if I was going to be able to fight.
“Now all the pressure is off, I feel much better. I’m going to do some rehab, maybe take a vacation because I went through a lot. It’s not only the fight, it’s all the training camp, I went through a lot of stuff. I need to reset the whole thing again and I’ll be ready for the next one.”
While it was first reported St-Pierre would be riding the pine for four to six weeks, the baddest 170-pounder in bare feet is not looking to “Rush” right back to action.
“The recovery, I want to do it well,” St-Pierre stated. “I don’t want to do it too fast because now I had an injury and I tried to train on it and maybe made it a little bit worse.
“I would say maybe end of January, possibly the beginning of February [I could return] … Super Bowl, around this time.”
The UFC is notorious for hosting spectacular Super Bowl Saturday scraps on The Las Vegas Strip. It appears St-Pierre is targeting the biggest pigskin weekend of the year to host his postponed fight with Condit.