UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre saw a 2012 tilt with Nick Diaz fall apart after a leg injury put him on the shelf and apparently almost had the same thing happen a second time leading up to last weekend’s headliner at UFC 158. Fortunately, this time around his health-related woe wasn’t related to a knee and won’t require surgery.
According to St-Pierre’s head coach, Firas Zahabi, the tail-end of the superstar’s training was affected after he strained his Achilles tendon late in the game.
“I was worried it would tear during the fight,” revealed Zahabi in a recent interview with MMAFighting. “We had to cut his last sparring [session] short due to his injury. He had a week to rest it and then the fight.”
St-Pierre was obviously able to endure the effects of the issue and pulled out a dominant decision win against Diaz to pick up his eleventh straight win. Up next for GSP is Johny Hendricks, a decorated amateur wrestler with widely respected knockout power. Though Zahabi wasn’t sure when St-Pierre would be ready for Hendricks, he did say fans shouldn’t expect to see “Rush” in the ring until fall.
“He wants to take a couple of months off because his two fights were very close to each other and he wants to enjoy the summer,” said Zahabi.
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