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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Johny Hendricks Suffers Torn Bicep, Will Have Surgery On Monday

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Johny Hendricks became the UFC welterweight champion defeating Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 171 on Saturday night. The first title defense for the new champion seems like it will be pushed back for the time being.

It was revealed during an interview on KROQ Radio in Los Angeles today that Hendricks suffered a torn bicep before his fight with Lawler and will have surgery on Monday to repair the tear. Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com first reported the news on Twitter.

By this timeline for Hendricks, he will return no earlier than late summer or early fall.

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UFC 171 Full Fight Video Hightlights Including Johny Hendricks Title Win

UFC 171 took place this Saturday night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event featured Johny Hendricks capturing the UFC welterweight title defeating Robbie Lawler in a five round classic. The co-feature saw Tyron Woodley defeating Carlos Condit with fights that saw Myles Jury defeating Diego Sanchez and Hector Lombard defeating Jake Shields.

Watch the video below with full fight highlights of the main card.

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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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UFC 171 Results: Johny Hendricks Defeats Robbie Lawler To Win The UFC Welterweight Title

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Johny Hendricks went into tonight’s UFC 171 main event like a man on a mission. Hendricks felt that he got robbed when he lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 in November. The Texas native this time delivered in the biggest fight of his life.

Hendricks defeated a very game Robbie Lawler to claim the UFC welterweight championship by unanimous decision (48-47×3).

The fight was largely contested on the feet as both guys stood toe to toe for most of the 25 minute affair. The fight was contested like a football game. Each guy won two round with the fifth round being overtime.

BetweenTheRopes.com had Hendricks winning the first two rounds and Lawler winning the third and fourth rounds. The fifth round began with Lawler landing a left hook and moments later Hendricks attempting a takedown that was stuffed by Lawler.

Hendricks went back to throwing leg kicks and connecting, but “Ruthless” kept going forward and punching at Hendricks. With about 90 seconds, Hendricks was able to connect with leg kick/jab combination and then was able to land a takedown to end the fight.

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Nick Diaz Mocks Johny Hendricks During His Second Weigh-In Attempt (Video)

We haven’t seen Nick Diaz in the cage since he lost his chance last March at the UFC welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre. Diaz stated after the fight that he was retiring from active competition. The UFC has reached out to Diaz for numerous fights, but has declined them as he only wants to fight for the title.

Diaz was backstage today at the weigh-ins for tomorrow night’s UFC 171 featuring the main event of Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight championship. Lawler had made the required 170 pounds on his initial attempt, but Hendricks had weighed in at 171.5. Hendricks was weighing in on his second attempt and Diaz was mocking him by saying things like “170 pounds, 170″. Hendricks did end up making the required 170 pounds.

You can watch the antics of Diaz in the video above.

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UFC 171 Weigh-In Results: Johny Hendricks Finally Makes Weight on Second Attempt

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UFC 171 tomorrow night almost lost their main event title fight. The feature fight has Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. Weigh-ins were earlier today and took place about two hours. Lawler made the required 170 pounds, but when Hendricks weighed in, he weighed 171.5 pounds. Hendricks had two hours to make weight. If he didn’t make weight, then if Lawler had won, he becomes the champion and if Hendricks won, then the title would still be vacant. On his second and final attempt, Hendricks made 170 pounds.

25 of the 26 fighters on the card made weight as Renee Forte initially weighed 157.5, but was only able to get down to 157 and had to forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent Frank Trevino. Here are the UFC 171 weigh-in results:

•Johny Hendricks (170) vs. Robbie Lawler (170)
•Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Tyron Woodley (170)
•Myles Jury (156) vs. Diego Sanchez (155)
•Hector Lombard (170) vs. Jake Shields (171)
•Nikita Krylov (205) vs. Ovince St. Preux (205)
•Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. Rick Story (170.5)
•Jessica Andrade (135) vs. Raquel Pennington (135.5)
•Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Jimy Hettes (145.5)
•Alex Garcia (1705.) vs. Sean Spencer (170)
•Renee Forte (157)+ vs. Frank Trevino (155)
•Will Campuzano (125.5) vs. Justin Scoggins (125)
•Robert McDaniel (184.5) vs. Sean Strickland (185)
•Daniel Pineda (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)

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Watch UFC 171 LIVE Weigh-Ins On BetweenTheRopes.com At 5 PM ET

UFC 171 takes place tomorrow night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The co-feature has former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit battling Tyron Woodley.

Before the fights can be made official, all 26 fighters competing on the card have to weigh-in. You can watch the weigh-ins live starting at 5 PM ET at the video stream above.

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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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Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler UFC 171 Main Event Video Preview

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The UFC returns to pay-per-view this Saturday night as UFC 171 takes place from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The co-feature is also a battle of welterweights as former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit faces off with Tyron Woodley.

The video above previews the Hendricks vs Lawler main event.

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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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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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Ultimate Fighter 18 Winner Julianna Pena Suffers Horrific Knee Injury, Could Be Out For Two Years

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Julianna Pena was the most recent winner of The Ultimate Fighter winning the 18th season defeating Jessica Rakoczy in the finale. Pena was scheduled to have her first fight since winning the show against Jessica Andrade at UFC 171. The fight will no longer be taking place as Pena tore her ACL, MCL, LCL, Meniscus and hamstring while in a training session at Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, Washington.

UFC President Dana White stated on Twitter that Pena could be out for up to two years.

An opponent has been found to fight Andrade as fellow TUF 18 alum Raquel Pennington stepped up and took the fight.

UFC 171 takes place on Saturday, March 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event for the show features Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight championship.

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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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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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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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