In any sport itâ€™s important to have a consistent routine in order to maintain an athleteâ€™s edge. Likewise, any extended absence from competition is likely to have a negative impact on oneâ€™s performance. In MMA the term often associated with the aforementioned issue is â€œring rustâ€, and in the case of UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre he knows heâ€™s bound to experience some in a few months when he returns to the Octagon after more than 18 months on the sidelines.
St-Pierre hasnâ€™t fought since April 2011 after suffering a pair of knee injuries while training. He is scheduled to come back on November 17 where heâ€™ll defend his belt against interim title-holder Carlos Condit at UFC 154.
â€œUnfortunately, I won’t be able to avoid it too much because I haven’t fought for a while. There’s nothing like fighting,â€ admitted St-Pierre in an interview with Sherdog. “The good thing is Carlos hasn’t fought for a long time too. He fought Nick Diaz almost a year [ago]. For me, it will be a year and half, for him almost a year. We’re going to be close.â€
While St-Pierre understands it might take a little time inside the Octagon before heâ€™s fully acclimated, heâ€™s excited about the opportunity to test himself despite the adversity.
â€œItâ€™s gonna be tough on me to come back but itâ€™s a new challenge and Iâ€™m ready to face it,â€ said St-Pierre.
The longest absence from the ring St-Pierre has dealt with prior to his upcoming bout is a little over eight months, though he looked sharp in his return en route to beating Dan Hardy by way of a clear-cut decision. â€œRushâ€ holds an overall record of 22-2 and has won nine consecutive clashes including six straight title-defenses.
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