It seems as if destiny is conspiring against fight fans. Months ago, when the UFC announced that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre would fight Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz at UFC 137 the fight world rejoiced in what was sure to be a fight of the biggest magnitude. However, the fight gods didn’t think that this was to be done and with Nick Diaz going all, well, Nick Diaz, the end result was a Diaz-Penn main event at UFC 137 after GSP was hurt and unable to fight Diaz’s replacement, Carlos Condit.
Fast forward to Diaz’s thorough beatdown of BJ Penn at UFC 137 and again fight fans were teased with the much-anticipated GSP - Diaz fight to take place at UFC 143. However, yet again, life has conspired to wrap us fight fans up in the proverbial wet blanket as news broke today that St-Pierre tore his ACL and is effectively shelved until next year.
St-Pierre’s ACL on his right knee will need to be surgically repaired. The surgery will effectively put GSP on the sideline for about 10 months, though his doctor, Dr. Sebastien Simard has gone on record as saying that given St-Pierre’s remarkable healing ability the recovery could be around 6-9 months. According to St-Pierre, he suffered the injury in wrestling practice when he heard a crack.
The news wasn’t easy for St-Pierre to digest given the gravity of the situation and the fact that he may have worsened the injury by trying to endure through the pain.
"I believe there is only one person to blame after what happened, and it's myself," GSP stated at a press conference on Wednesday. "I'm the kind of guy that sometimes I [experience] pain, and I can go through it. That's what I do all the time. But I learned a big lesson in my life, and it's just going to make me stronger, smarter and more clever.”
Nick Diaz will now face Carlos Condit at UFC 143 for the interim championship. It’s a an announcement that GSP didn’t exactly enjoy, especially give that Diaz has been spitting verbal venom at St-Pierre since their names were placed on a bout contract.
"Right now, a lot of people are saying bad things about me because it's easy to hit a guy when he's down," St-Pierre said. "Life goes up and down. Right now, I'm down. A month ago, I was world champion, and I was on top of the world. Now I'm in a downfall. But you recognize a champion from how he comes back from a loss, not how he is when everything goes well.