For MMA fans living under a rock, UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre was scheduled to face Carlos Condit next weekend at UFC 137 but sprained his knee while training and is no longer fit to compete. St. Pierre has now spoken publicly for the first time since word of his withdrawal trickled down from above earlier this week, expressing both his heartbreak over having to pull out and his expectation of returning to the ring at some point in early 2012.
“I’m not going to lie, I cried yesterday,” the 30-year old Canadian revealed in a conversation with SportsNet. “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.”
In terms of when exactly the “next one” will be, GSP pointed to the possibility of fighting on February 4 at the UFC’s annual Super Bowl Weekend extravaganza.
“I want to do (the recovery) well. I don’t want to do it too fast, because (this time) I had an injury and I tried to train on it and maybe made it a little bit worse. I need a good four weeks to do my (physiotherapy) and do it right,” St. Pierre explained.
Though still too far out to predict with any accuracy, presumably Condit would still serve as St. Pierre’s opponent after being told by the UFC he was still next in line for a crack at the championship.
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