Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will undergo knee surgery to repair his torn ACL next week in Los Angeles. The same doctor who repaired his previous injury will operate on the new one.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache is set to perform the operation and care for St-Pierre. The Canadian announced his decision to vacate the belt last year and suffered the knee injury in training. News of the surgery was first reported on “UFC Tonight.”
Many, including UFC president Dana White, were hinting at a possible return soon for St-Pierre to the Octagon. This operation, though, will likely keep him sidelined until next year – even if he was contemplating a return.
ElAttrache has performed surgeries on the likes of Kobe Bryant, Zack Greinke and countless other athletes. He is also the orthopedic consultant for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, St. Louis Rams, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and the PGA Tour.
Tore my left ACL in training. Surgery in a few days. Rehab, pain, hard work, no shortcuts- I'll soon be back at 100%. Thanks for the support
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) March 27, 2014