A blown anterior cruciate ligament and a year and a half later, and welterweight Georges St-Pierre and UFC fans will finally see the former champion in action.
UFC 154 takes place Saturday night at Montreal’s Bell Centre, and while St-Pierre versus Anderson Silva will have to wait, the main event will be The Canadian native versus interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit.
St-Pierre does have a nine match win streak going, with his last coming in a fifth round decision in April 2011 over Jake Shields for the Welterweight Championship. In that streak, Pierre has six decisions, along with one verbal submission, and two TKOs.
The 31-year-old St-Pierre is certainly testing his reconstructed knee right away, and said he is eager to get back in the octagon.
“I have something to prove to myself,” St-Pierre said to the Ottawa Citizen. “I want to prove to myself that I’m the best guy in the world.”
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The 28-5 Condit has not fought since he captured the welterweight crown in February with a fifth round decision over Nick Diaz, making Saturday his first title defense.
Should St-Pierre win, a supermatch with Silva is expected to be the next bout. Silva has gone 16-0 since debuting in 2006, defending his 185-pound 11 times.
The live event will start at 10 p.m. EDT, and if you can’t purchase the PPV at out home there are several ways to watch undercards and the main event live online by going to UFC’s main site. The main event and most of the undercards will require payment.
Prediction: St-Pierre has been out of action for quite some time, and while his talent is undenialable, jumping back into the octagon against one current best fighters is a tall task. This match should go the distance, and Condit will pull out a slim victory.