Georges St. Pierre (file photo) is currently rehabbing an injured knee. | Photo: Dave Mandel


If Georges St. Pierre could have finished up his training camp for Carlos Condit, he would have fought him Saturday at UFC 137, according to trainer Firas Zahabi.

After injuring his knee last week, though, the UFC welterweight champion just could not continue his preparation. In an interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, Zahabi discussed how the injury happened, St. Pierre’s current status and more.

Zahabi on how St. Pierre was injured: “He was sprawling out in just regular sparring -- kickboxing sparring mixed with takedowns, like we usually do. He just sprawled in an awkward way, tweaked his knee, started moving around … and his knee was just badly sprained. He wasn’t able to continue the sparring. He was limping that day immediately after. We iced him down. We sent him to get an MRI, and they said he wouldn’t be able to train for another month or so. Obviously we had to pull the plug on the fight.”

On being injured compared to being hurt: “I’ve never seen a single fighter go in the fight 100-percent healthy. I know a lot of guys say that, but there’s always bumps and bruises. There’s always something bothering the fighter. You can grab paper and a pen and I can write you a whole list of things that were bothering Georges for this fight, but those things are normal. There’s a difference between being hurt and being injured. Definitely fighters are hurt before they go into a fight, but they’re not injured. This is an injury. What an injury is, it doesn’t allow you to continue training. Even if you wanted to, you just physically cannot. That was the difference. That was why we had to pull the plug, simply because he was not able to move around or box or wrestle whatsoever. If he was, he would have fought.”

On the Condit camp saying the bout’s postponement could work to their benefit: “If I were in their shoes, I’d be super pleased. They get to go back and game plan and work the game plan and develop the aspects of his game that he needs to get ready for Georges. And you know, when we play that game, I’m very confident in our coaching staff. I like to have more time because we were pointing Georges in a different direction for [Nick] Diaz, and now when we got Carlos, things were different. The preparation was different. We brought in some different sparring partners. You have to adjust your training, and I’m glad we have more time because I really believe Georges’ team, we are the best at preparing Georges for what he needs to do. The more time, the more he’ll be prepared.”

On St. Pierre’s current status: “He is doing some work in the pool. He’s doing therapy work. He’s with his therapist now. He’s getting treatment. He’s doing everything he can to work on not just his knee but his whole body. He can’t do any impact at all. He’s in the pool doing everything he can to stabilize his shoulders, his elbows, his legs, his hips. He’s working on everything he’s allowed to work on, and even though he can’t do any martial arts training, he’s still doing his therapy, his rehab. You can trust Georges to be working around the clock.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:28:10).

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

Related News

Myles Jury Injured, Edson Barboza Draws New UFC on FOX 16 Opponent

  • 22 days ago
  • 12 views

The UFC on FOX 16 bout between former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Myles Jury is officially no more. read news >>

Gilbert Melendez may be a veteran fighter, but he%26#x2019;s far from finished (Yahoo Sports)

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

From Yahoo Sports: Melendez, 33, takes on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 on Saturday to prove he’s still got it. read news >>

Peter Sobotta gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night 69 with Sergio Moraes injured

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

Sergio Moraes is again sidelined with an injury. The Brazilian grappler, who spent 617 days outside the Octagon with a severe knee injury, was forced out of an upcoming UFC Fight Night 69 bout with P read news >>

Myles Jury injured: Paul Felder booked to face Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 16 on July 25

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

This fight was originally Anthony Pettis vs. Myles Jury, but "Showtime" got hurt and was replaced by Edson Barboza. Now Jury is injured and unable to compete, so Paul Felder will step in on short not read news >>

Uriah Hall gets quick turnaround, replaces injured Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 69

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

Uriah Hall will be back in action in 11 days. Less than a month after a split decision loss to Rafael Natal at UFC 187, the TUF 17 runner-up has agreed to replace injured Derek Brunson and fight Krzy read news >>

Heavy Hands 54: The Ultraviolence of Carlos Condit and Mirsad Bektic

  • 25 days ago
  • 22 views

Carlos Condit and Mirsad Bektic gave us some fine face-punching this week, and your hosts Connor and Pat are raring to break it down. read news >>

Cannonier In for Injured Van Buren in Nashville

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Following an injury suffered by TUF 19 finalist Matt Van Buren, the UFC debut of unbeaten light heavyweight Jonathan Wilson on August 8 in Nashville will now take place against Jared Cannonier. read news >>

Carlos Condit Big Game Hunting Following Victory at Fight Night 68

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Any questions concerning Carlos Condit's ability to still bring his signature brand of destruction were certainly answered at Fight Night 68. The Natural Born Killer has long held his status as one t read news >>

Condit vs. Alves does best Fight Night numbers since February

  • 28 days ago
  • 18 views

Saturday's Ultimate Fight Night from Goiania, Brazil, headlined by Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves, averaged 813,000 viewers for the main card from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.The number was the best for a Fight read news >>

Fan Perspective: Should Carlos Condit get the next UFC welterweight title shot?

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

After an extended layoff due to knee surgery, Carlos Condit returned in a big way this past Saturday. But did he earn consideration to be next in line for the welterweight title? Filed under: Feature read news >>