According to UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, his recovery from ACL surgery is going pretty well. The 30 year old champion is currently aiming for a November return, when the UFC visits Montreal, Canada for UFC 154.
“Even though I’m feeling almost 100% now, I’m just half-way through my rehab and I can’t push too much because my graft isn’t fused properly,” GSP said at a recent press conference. “Even though my muscles feel good, I have to wait until I’m allowed to start training again. … I’ll be training full out on July. Hopefully I have a chance to fight in front of my Canadian fans in November. I’ll cross my fingers and hope that will happen.”
Even though GSP is one of the most dominant champions in UFC history, he has received a lot of criticism over the years. Many fans feel he hasn’t been aggressive enough in his fights, failing to finish an opponent in over three years.
The criticism is certainly not unfounded, considering the fact GSP became a lot more conservative after his UFC 69 loss to Matt Serra. However, the tactical change has been very successful inside the Octagon, with GSP winning all of his fights since then.
While I don’t particularly enjoy GSP’s fighting style, questioning his legacy, simply because he doesn’t take unnecessary risks is a little ridiculous.
With six consecutive title defenses, GSP is still the number one welterweight fighter on the planet, and I expect him to reclaim the top spot when he makes his return in November.
GSP is pretty confident he’ll be able to do just that, and he’s still open to the possibility of a super-fight against Anderson Silva.
“When I get back to my title, depending on what’s going on, I might have to take another fight,” GSP added. “If everything goes, like stars align and everything, maybe we’ll see one day in the near future what is going to happen. Depending if I’m going to go up or if he’s going to come down, it’s too far away to think about it right now, but it’s something that could happen, of course.”