Georges St. Pierre announced on his official Facebook page Tuesday, that he has been medically cleared to compete again. Looks like the UFC Welterweight Champion will be on track to take on UFC Interim Welterweight Champ, Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in Montreal, Canada.
GSP’s head trainer at TriStar, Firas Zahabi, updated MMA Fight Corner on the champ’s status about a month ago when he told us that GSP was able to participate in light sparring with smaller weight classes.
Today GSP posted this on his Facebook wall:
“Yesterday was the final chapter of my Road to Recovery- I’m now medically cleared to compete in professional mixed martial arts! Big thanks to all my fans for the amazing support during those 9 long months of rehab- couldn’t have done it without you. Also special thanks to Dr. ElAttrache and Heather at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic + Gavin MacMillan at Sport Science Lab. I’ve been so lucky to work with such professional and kind people and I’ve learned a lot from them. It’s been an incredible experience. Rendez-vous le 17 novembre, UFC 154, Montréal!!!”
Dr. Neal ElAttrache, St. Pierre’s surgeon, was also the same doctor New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went to for his surgery. In fact, Zahabi stated to MMA Fight Corner that they were advised by Tom Brady personally to look into ElAttrache for the surgery. According to GSP’s head trainer, GSP used his own patella tendon to repair his torn ACL. Zahabi said the importance of finding the right surgeon was key. “Fighters, when they tear their ACL, some of them never come back. They’re never the same. That’s the truth. So, it’s good to hear guys with a positive experience,” Zahabi said.
St. Pierre and Carlos Condit are set to square off to unify the welterweight title at UFC 154 on November 17th in the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada – GSP’s hometown. GSP’s last fight was his seventh title defense, a unanimous decision win over Jake Shields at UFC 129 in April 2011.