Perhaps it was a caveman who first coined the phrase after a fire burned out, albeit in grunts, but as the timeless saying goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre has learned exactly how true those words ring over the past six months while sidelined with a knee injury. In fact, the polished title-holder hasn’t fought in a year and has at least another six months to go before he’s expected to return to the ring. For a fighter in the prime who is used to competing as frequently as St. Pierre, whether in the cage or gym, the time off has been tough mentally and has him itching to get back to business as soon as humanly possible.
“Wherever it is, England, United States, wherever, I’ll fight. I’m just going to be happy to be back and fight. When you get hurt for a long time you’re forced to get pulled away from training, and you’re forced to stop doing what you like to do everyday,” explained St. Pierre when asked about his mindset by MMAWeekly. “It makes you see things in perspective and I just want to get back. Wherever the fight will be, I will be glad to fight, I’m very anxious to come back.”
Assuming St. Pierre avoids any setbacks in his recovery process he is targeting November for a fight with interim champion Carlos Condit when the UFC travels to Montreal. Prior to his injury “Rush” had never been on the shelf in his career for longer than a year for any reason.
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