Long-time welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was confirmed yesterday as being out of his UFC 137 title fight in Las Vegas on October 29th. GSP was slated to fight well-rounded challenger Carlos Condit, who took the fight with GSP after original contender Nick Diaz failed to make appearances at a pair of press conferences meant to hype the then main-event. After being dropped from the fight Diaz was then placed in the co-main event against fellow former title-holder BJ Penn.
Today, GSP’s head trainer Firas Zahabi outlined what is known about the injury that kept ‘Rush’ out of the main event, saying, during a sparring exercise, “St-Pierre sprawled on a sparring partner’s takedown attempt”, in a conversation with MMAjunkie.
“When the champ circled away, the injury became apparent,” he added. “After he cooled down, I knew he couldn’t fight anymore. I’ve been around, I’ve seen injuries, and I know that that kind of injury is going to take at least two to five weeks of not standing on it for it to be really good (and) sturdy to fight. That’s just me estimating with what I’ve seen in the past.”
GSP has sought treatment for the injury already and has visited hospital which Zahabi detailed when discussing what has happened since the incident.
“I don’t know what the medical term is,” Zahabi explained. “I don’t know which tendon, or ligament, or whatever is sprained. I’m not a doctor, but I know he’s (had) an MRI, he got tested, and he won’t be able to fight.”
There has been initial anger among St. Pierre’s camp as some believe that the injury could have been avoided. “I think we all had mixed feelings,” he said. “Some guys were pissed off. Some guys were disappointed. But at the end of the day, it’s sparring. There’s nothing you can do to predict those things, and the sparring was not out of control. It was well within control. But when you’re fighting, you push yourself. Georges has been pushing himself a lot and just pushed himself a little too far.”
His challenger, Condit has stated that he intends to wait for GSP to return to health, and slate the fight for a future date. Diaz vs. Penn has been officially moved to the main event of UFC 137, a show slated for October 29.