Dana White feels 'terrible' about latest Georges St-Pierre ACL tear that extends UFC layoff 'for who knows how long'


The mystery of Georges St-Pierre's possible return to UFC is now put to rest ... for at least 14 months.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was adamant that his former Welterweight champion -- and international mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar -- Georges St-Pierre, would return to the Octagon sooner rather than later.

"Rush," however, responded that he would not comeback until UFC fixes its drug testing "problem."

Now, it seems, combat sports fans can stop reading between the tea leaves, with "terrible" news that the French-Canadian tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee while training. That's the opposite leg that required surgery to repair the same injury back in 2011, which sidelined St-Pierre for more than one year.

White shared his thoughts about St-Pierre's latest setback with Los Angeles Times earlier this afternoon:

"I didn't think his hiatus was going to be that long. That's one of the risks you run when you get away from the sport like that. You have a small window as a professional athlete to make what you can. The guy gave up his belt, walked away from the sport, and now he's out for who knows how long ... last time he had this injury, it was 14 months."

St. Pierre blew out the ACL in his right knee back in fall 2011 in preparation for a fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 143. The operation was deemed a "huge success," with St-Pierre returning to topple Carlos Condit via decision at UFC 154 in Nov. 2012 to unify his world title.

Shortly thereafter, St-Pierre settled his score with Diaz at UFC 158 in March 2013, winning a unanimous decision, and then barely retained his title against Johny Hendricks eight months later at UFC 167, at which time he announced that he was "stepping away" from the sport for an undetermined amount of time.

Now, it seems, St-Pierre and UFC are looking at a 14-month minimum sit, which would make him about 34 years old ... and certainly way beyond his MMA prime.

In the meantime, "Bigg Rigg" will have to just keep on truckin' ... for better or worse.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC president Dana White met with the media following UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs. Le on Saturday to discuss all things UFC, including updates on Gina Carano, Nate Diaz, and more. read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 4 views

From Yahoo Sports: The UFC president took matters into his own hands and yanked a judge from a card in Macau on Saturday. read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 524 views

UFC President Dana White removed judge Howard Hughes from duty on last Saturday's (Aug. 23, 2014) UFC Fight Night 48 card after having an issue with his scoring of the first two fights. That wouldn't read news >>

  • 13 hours ago
  • 0 views

UFC President Dana White has long desired for his promotion to establish a presence in Mexico. If initial ticket sales are any indication, White’s persistence in the market may very well be rewarded. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 51 views

The manager for the younger Diaz Brother was a guest on Submission Radio and updated fans on various fights the Nate Diaz camp has asked for and the status of negotiations with the UFC. Following an read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 292 views

No more Mr. Nice Guy! Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is welcome back to the Octagon with open arms. Fellow ex-division kingpin Tim Sylvia is not. Not read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 130 views

Tim "The Maine-iac' Sylvia knows the UFC is headed to his home state next week, and he's still bitter towards the UFC and Dana White for not bringing him back. The next UFC event on August 16th will read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 77 views

The sport of mixed martial arts carries a 24-hour news cycle, and there appears to be something brewing with Mark Hunt's current employment status with the UFC. While Monday was monopolized with the read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 22 views

WTF? Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was expected to send heavyweight slugger Mark Hunt into the headliner of its upcoming UFC Fight Night 52 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, scheduled for the Sa read news >>