Georges St-Pierre Suffers Another Torn ACL, Return Uncertain

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Georges St-Pierre announced in December that he was taking a break from MMA and was uncertain if he would ever return. Well it looks like if the former UFC welterweight champion returns, it won’t be until 2015 at the earliest. St-Pierre announced a short time ago on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

“Just got confirmation that I tore my left knee ACL during training this week… Surgery in a few days and rehab starts right away. We all face challenges in our lives and I know only one way to take this one: Pain, hard work, no shortcuts and I will soon be back at 100%. Stay tuned and thanks for your amazing support, as always”.

St-Pierre had torn his ACL in 2011 and didn’t return until November of 2012 when he fought three times in a one year span defeating Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and current UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

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Plenty of Challengers in Stacked UFC Welterweight Division

hendricksIt was an instant classic with Johny Hendricks digging deep in the fifth and final round to defeat Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 and become the UFC welterweight championship.   But there is no time to rest for the new champ with plenty of contenders in the stacked welterweight division.

The dream scenario for would be a rematch against Georges St-Pierre who escaped with a narrow – and controversial – win against Hendricks at UFC 167 before announcing that he was vacating the belt and taking time off.

GSP has not given any signs on when he might return after stepping away to deal with what he called some personal issues.  But UFC President Dana White said last week that he knows “for a fact” that St-Pierre will return to the octagon at some point.

You can read the rest of the column at The Orlando Sentinel website.

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Countdown To UFC 171: Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler Entire Episode

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UFC 171 takes place on Saturday night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks fighting Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title, which was dropped by longtime title holder Georges St-Pierre in December. The co-feature has former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit facing off against Tyron Woodley.

The UFC before every pay-per-view airs an hour long countdown show that previews the featured bouts of the card. The videos, which you watch below previews Hendricks vs Lawler, Condit vs Woodley and a lightweight bout featuring Diego Sanchez vs Myles Jury.

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Georges St-Pierre Admits He Has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Georges St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks to retain the UFC welterweight title at UFC 167 last November. St-Pierre during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan stated that he was going to walk away from MMA. Moments later at the post-fight press conference, St-Pierre said he was undecided if he was really going to retire. St-Pierre announced a few weeks later that he was dropping the title and was taking a leave from MMA, with a return uncertain.

You listen to St-Pierre do interviews and you see how cerebral he is and how obsessed he is with his opponent in the octagon. In an interview with Wendy Mesley of CBC News, the former champion admitted he has from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The former champion describes how he dealt with having the disorder.

“As a fighter it’s a good thing to have it, because it makes you better because you completely obsess about being a better martial artist,” St-Pierre told Mesley. “Everything you do is oriented around that goal. But the same thing could be bad for a normal person in normal life.”

St-Pierre said he would never sleep more than five hours a night and his personal life and mental health suffered greatly.

“It was going to drive me crazy. That’s why I took that break,” St-Pierre said. “I had my first New Year’s and Christmas with my family, a real one. I don’t have to go away because I have a fight coming up.”

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Dana White Says That Georges St-Pierre Never Complained About Headaches To Him

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Who is telling the truth in the saga between UFC President Dana White and former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre? The former champions trainer Freddie Roach stated on Tuesday that GSP had been suffering from migraine headaches. Roach also advised St-Pierre to take a at least a year off and said a superfight between the Canadian and Anderson Silva could have happened if Silva and St-Pierre had won their respective fights.

White was on Fox Sports Live and responded to the statements of Roach.

“The crazy stuff I keep hearing back from Georges St-Pierre is unbelievable. No, Georges St-Pierre never complained to us about headaches. Georges St-Pierre has never publicly said the real reasons why he stepped away from the UFC for a year. When he sat down with Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I it was a whole different set of issues, personal problems. It had nothing to do with headaches or drug testing or anything else that’s been said.

“Not only did he tell us it was personal issues, he told us what the personal issues were. I have no idea [why he keeps complaining]. I don’t know if he’s just trying to draw a smokescreen to what he’s really dealing with and doesn’t want to publicly talk about [it]? I don’t know.”

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Anderson Silva And Georges St-Pierre Fight Almost Happened

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One year ago, the biggest possible fight in the history in MMA was a superfight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. Now at this current time, Silva has lost two times and in his most recent fight against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Silva broke his leg in the fight. St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November and announced he was vacating the welterweight title and isn’t sure if he will return. The possible superfight was a lot closer though than people ever realized.

Marcos Villegas was in California at media day for the Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley fight that will take place on April 12. Villegas spoke to Pacquiao head trainer Freddie Roach, who has helped St-Pierre work on his standup in the past. Roach gave some insight into the possible superfight and more.

You can see why St-Pierre took a break especially with the migraine headache issue. Do you think the superfight would have happened if Silva would have beat Weidman?

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Video: Jon Jones Doesn’t Seem Too Thrilled To See Georges St-Pierre At Super Bowl Party

We have seen a lot of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since he announced he was taking some time away from the sport. The former champion was in New York for Super Bowl weekend and TMZ saw St-Pierre. The cameraman tell St-Pierre that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was right behind him. You can see Jones mouthing staring at St-Pierre and then shaking his head “No” to the cameraman. Jones awkwardly hugged St-Pierre and talked for second. The two then shook hands again and St-Pierre walked off with Jones behind.

The two were teammates at former Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in New Mexico. Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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UFC 167 Buyrate Lowest For A Georges St-Pierre Fight Since 2008

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UFC 167 last month was highlighted by now former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre defeating Johny Hendricks by a controversial split decision. After the fight, St-Pierre had hinted he may leave the UFC and confirmed that on a conference call Friday in vacating the title and taking an indefinite leave of absence.

Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com is reporting that the buyrate for UFC 167 and it was estimated to be between 600,000-650,000 buys. That would currently be the second biggest buyrate of the year, which the largest buyrate was St-Pierre’s fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in March at around 950,000 buys.

The reported buyrate for UFC 167 would be the lowest buyrate for a St-Pierre led card since 2008.

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Why Georges St-Pierre Should Not Come Back, UFC On Fox 9 Recap

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It was a big weekend in the world of MMA.

UFC on Fox 9 took place on Saturday night from Sacramento, California with Demetrious Johnson defeating Joseph Benavidez by first round knockout in the main event to retain the UFC flyweight championship.

It was also announced on Friday that long time reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was vacating the title effective immediately and is unsure about a return to the octagon.

Steve talked with MMA analyst Gabriel Morency from Sirius XM and The Fight Network earlier today. Morency and Steve recapped the Fox 9 card, discussed why St-Pierre won’t come back, who will replace St-Pierre as a top draw and much more.

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Johny Hendricks To Battle Robbie Lawler For Vacant Welterweight Title At UFC 171

sampleThe MMA world won’t have to wait long for a new UFC welterweight champion. UFC president Dana White announced during the Georges St-Pierre conference call that Johny Hendricks will battle Robbie Lawler for the vacant welterweight title at UFC 171 on March 15.

St-Pierre announced during the conference call that he was vacating the welterweight title and wasn’t sure if he will ever fight again.

Hendricks last fought at UFC 167 last month losing a controversial split decision to St-Pierre.

Lawler has won three fights in a row in his return to the UFC last competing at the same UFC 167 defeating Rory MacDonald.

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Georges St-Pierre Drops The UFC Welterweight Title, Return Uncertain

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In what cannot be considered a surprise, Georges St-Pierre announced on a conference call that he is vacating his UFC welterweight championship. St-Pierre also stated that he doesn’t know if he will return to the organization.

“I’ve been fighting for a long time,” St-Pierre said. “I have 22 fights in the UFC, and 15 were for a world title. I’ve been fighting a long time at a high level, a lot of pressure and criticizing. I’ve decided I needed to take some time off.”

St-Pierre stated that dropping the title was done out of his respect to his fellow fighters.

“The UFC is a business. I’m vacating my title out of respect for the other competitors.

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Dana White Doesn’t Feel That Georges St-Pierre Will Retire (Video)

We haven’t seen or heard from UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since he defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 last month.

The long time reigning champion after the fight told Joe Rogan that he was stepping away from the sport and didn’t know if he was going to return.

That set off UFC President Dana White, who blasted St-Pierre for saying that in the cage and not informing him of his career intentions.

White did an interview on UFC Central in Canada to preview UFC on Fox 9 and St-Pierre was brought up as he will be doing an autograph signing at a mall in Canada and will be speaking to the media afterwards. That has brought speculation that St-Pierre may announce his future.

Watch the video stream as White explains the St-Pierre situation and more.

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UFC 167 Recap: Thoughts On The Main Event, Does The UFC Need Georges-St-Pierre And What Is Next For Johny Hendricks?

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We are back with an MMA podcast as Steve talks to Bleacher Report and UFC.com writer Duane Finley. The guys recap UFC 167 from Saturday night as they discuss who won the main event between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Steve and Finley also discuss the aftermath of the main event, what’s next for St-Pierre and Hendricks, does the UFC even need St-Pierre, breakdown the card, discuss the latest on Ben Askren and more.

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Georges St-Pierre’s Manager States That It Is “Possible” That He Will Retire

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A lot of controversy has been following UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since his controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Saturday. After the fight, St-Pierre had announced during his post-fight interview that he was going to “step away” for awhile and was unsure if he would ever return. UFC President Dana White was more than certain that St-Pierre will fight again and battle Hendricks in a rematch.

We haven’t heard from the champion publicly since the fight, but we now have heard someone in his camp. St-Pierre’s manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu told “UFC Tonight” that it is “possible” that the champion will retire from the sport. Beaulieu stated that the St-Pierre felt that he beat Hendricks on Saturday night and also stated that he will talk to his client in the next few weeks to discuss what St-Pierre wants to do next.

It was also reported on the show that St-Pierre had CT scan came back and everything was fine. Also, an x-ray was done on his foot and the result was negative.

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Dana White Says Georges St-Pierre Is Denying The Rumors On Why He Is Taking A Leave Of Absence

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Rumors have been running rampant on why UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is taking some time off from the sport. TMZ reported early this morning that St-Pierre was taking the break due his father being on the verge of death and getting an undisclosed woman pregnant, who wants to keep the baby, but the champion doesn’t want her to keep that.

We haven’t heard from directly from the champion, but UFC President Dana White told the Los Angeles Times that he talked to St-Pierre, who denied that the rumors were true.

White said that St-Pierre “is denying those rumors that TMZ is reporting about those two things.” The UFC President didn’t reveal what the reason was for St-Pierre wanting to take some time off.

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Georges St-Pierre And Johny Hendricks Rematch Will Be Announced In A Few Weeks According To Dana White

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UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre told Joe Rogan during his post-fight interview that he was “stepping away” from the UFC and was unsure if he would ever return. UFC President Dana White was furious with what St-Pierre said after the presser saying that he owed a rematch to the fans and Johny Hendricks. St-Pierre defeated Hendricks by a controversial split decision in the main event of UFC 167. The long-time reigning champion had refused to disclose why he needed to take some time away. It looks like though we can a rematch sooner rather than later.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, White said a rematch will happen and an announcement is forthcoming. “As far as a rematch, we’re on schedule and I’ll have a date within a couple weeks,” White said to the Times. “I feel confident that Georges is fine with that and all is on track.”

Do you think St-Pierre needs to take an extended amount of time off? BetweenTheRopes.com will have the announcement when the rematch is announced.

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UFC 167 Medical Suspensions: Johny Hendricks Could Be Suspended For Up To Six Months

Johny-HendricksUFC 167 took place on Saturday night from Las Vegas, Nevada with Georges St-Pierre in the main event defeating Johny Hendricks by a controversial split decision to retain the UFC welterweight title. BetweenTheRopes.com requested and was able to receive the post-fight medical suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Three fighters received potential six months suspensions including Hendricks with a possible right knee injury, but could be cleared from a doctor sooner than that timeframe.

St-Pierre a 45 day suspension and 30 days of no contact. Here is the list of the medical suspensions from UFC 167:

- Georges St-Pierre suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13
- Johny Hendricks suspended until 5/17/14 unless cleared by orthopedist for right knee and suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13
- Chael Sonnen suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13
- Rory MacDonald suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13
- Josh Koscheck suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13
- Ali Bagautinov suspended until 5/17/14 unless cleared by orthopedist for left foot and suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13
- Evan Dunham suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13 for left eyebrow laceration
- Rick Story suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13 for left eyebrow laceration
- Erik Perez suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13 for laceration on bridge of nose
- Gian Villante suspended until 5/17/14 unless cleared by orthopedist for both hands
- Cody Donovan suspended until 5/17/14 unless cleared via X-ray by orthopedist for right hand and suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From UFC 167

hendricks ufc 167UFC 167 took place on Saturday night in Las Vegas with Georges St-Pierre defeating Johny Hendricks in the main event to retain the UFC welterweight title in an epic main event. Right after the fight ended, St-Pierre told Joe Rogan that he planned on stepping away from the sport for awhile and wasn’t sure if he would retire. Controversy ensued after the fight as the fans in the MGM Grand Garden Arena booed the decision and the fans on social media and media thought that Hendricks won the fight.

After every event we will be posting this new feature on the website and hope that you enjoy this.

The Good

1) Johny Hendricks- Usually you never think the loser of the main event can come out on the good side. BetweenTheRopes.com had scored the main event Hendricks winning 48-47, giving Hendricks Rounds 1,2,4 and giving St-Pierre Rounds 3 and 5. Hendricks took the champion down a couple times during the fight, rocked the champion on a couple occasions and was able to stuff numerous takedown attempts from the champion. The biggest issue for Hendricks going into the fight was his cardio, as he had never been in a five round fight. “Bigg Rigg” cardio was able to hold up throughout the fight. Hendricks inflicted more damage to St-Pierre and gave the champion the biggest test of his career. UFC President Dana White stated at the post-fight press scrum that a rematch will happen in the near future.

2) Robbie Lawler- People were overlooking Lawler heading into his fight with Rory MacDonald as the odds had Lawler as much as +340 underdog and that MacDonald with a win could gain a title at the winner of the main event. Lawler used inside and outside leg kicks to offset MacDonald from utilizing his jab and his power shots that rocked the Canadian especially in the third round. Lawler said after the fight that he was wanting a title shot if St-Pierre is going to retire or going to take an indefinite leave of absence.

3) Tyron Woodley- Going into his fight with Josh Koscheck, fans were thinking this was going to be the one fight on the main card would be a snooze fest. It was anything but that as moments into the fight Woodley knocked down Koscheck with an overhand right and the fight was almost stopped. Near the end of the round, Woodley landed a right hook then sent Koscheck dropping to the mat and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight. It was a great win to get Woodley back on track after a disappointing loss to Jake Shields at UFC 161 in June. It showed Woodley has great power in both hands and combined with his wrestling credentials, he is a force in the welterweight division.

The Bad

1) Dana White- The UFC President was very critical of St-Pierre’s comments inside the cage when the champion had stated that he was going to be stepping away from the cage and wasn’t if he was going to retire. White said this regarding St-Pierre’s comments.

“You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to the company and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again,” White stated during the post-fight press conference. “Unless you’re going to retire. there’s no, ‘I’m going to take a cruise, I’m going to take a hiatus and be gone for two years, I’m going to take a leave of absence, I’m gonna,’ whatever the hell it was he’s saying, it doesn’t work that way.”

After the press conference, White spoke with reporters and cooled off after talking to St-Pierre. White said everything was cool with the champion and was hoping to make the rematch between St-Pierre and Hendricks soon.

The UFC President should have taken a deep breath before he flew off the handle on St-Pierre before talking to him. St-Pierre is their biggest star and pay-per-view attraction as the MGM Grand was sold out with selling 14,856 with a $5.7 million dollar gate.  White is the type of the guy who flies off the handle and speaks off the cuff on anything and everything. But in this case, for the guy who has done everything that the UFC has asked from him, White should have talked to St-Pierre.

The Dirty

1) Judging- Like we had stated earlier that we had scored the main event for Hendricks and a vast majority of fans and the media had done the same. The judges in the main event were Sal D’Amato, Tony Weeks and Glenn Trowbridge. D’Amato and Weeks scored the fight 48-47 for St-Pierre and Trowbridge scored it for Hendricks. The key round was the first round as it was obvious that Hendricks won the second and fourth round and St-Pierre won the third and fifth round. If you look at the first round, St-Pierre got a takedown, but Hendricks got right up. Hendricks was then closing the distance and was able to control the distance land powerful shots.

A lot of people were saying after the fight that maybe MMA needs to go to the half-point system that was done in Pride. I also scored the fight under the Pride rules and had it 49-47.5 for Hendricks.

Is the judging perfect in the sport? Not even close, as when you have a main event as big as this one was, you need to have the best of the best in there and that wasn’t the case on Saturday night.

Will MMA in the United States use the half-point system as was done in Pride? What is the solution to the judging problem?

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