Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:32
Georges "Rush" St-Pierre is eager to get back into action inside the Octagon against UFC interim champ Carlos Condit. But before he can return to reclaim his undisputed title, his knee will have to be at 100 percent. GSP hurt his knee back in October, which put another monkey wrench into an already convoluted title story line. At first GSP was supposed to face Nick Diaz, but then Diaz failed to show up at a press conference, which prompted the UFC to scratch Nick from the fight. Carlos Condit, who was supposed to fight BJ Penn on the same card, was moved into the title shot instead. But then GSP hurt his knee, which left Condit without a fight. Eventually, Diaz fought Condit to determine the interim champion, with Condit winning by decision. Condit now awaits the return of GSP to unify the titles.
By his own account GSP's rehab is coming along ahead of schedule. He used the same doctor who performed a similar operation on the NFL's Tom Brady, and said that he feels he'll be back to training this summer. I assume that GSP is keeping at shape at home using his own RUSHFIT Ultimate Home Fitness MMA exercise program.
GSP is a very determined athlete, and I am sure he'll try to beat the predictions on when he can return to fighting. However, he needs to take care not to re-injure the knee by pushing too hard too quickly. Another injury could sideline him long enough so that rust would be a factor in the fight, and it would totally muddle the UFC welterweight picture.
Still, it's great news to hear that Rush is fit and getting back to fighting form ahead of schedule. He is one of the big draws in the UFC, and one of it's all time great fighters. We wish him well on his continued recovery.