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.

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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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Between The Ropes Talks UFC 166, Palhares, Shamrock Doc – October 16, 2013

Brian and Steve preview this Saturday’s UFC 166 show headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship, the Mount Rushmore of heavyweights and if it should include the winner of this fight, Rousimar Palhares being cut by the company, the idea of a Michael Bisping – Nick Diaz fight, the Frank Shamrock documentary “Bound by Blood” and more.

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Nick Diaz Offered To Fight Lyoto Machida At Middleweight

Could we see Nick Diaz come out of retirement? UFC President Dana White hopes so, as White revealed during a special Q&A at Barrio Cantina in Boston for a fundraising effort for The Shawn Thornton Foundation that he talked to Diaz today and offered him a fight against Lyoto Machida at middleweight.

“I talked to Diaz today, and I made him an offer, so we’ll see what happens,” White said. “He had been talking about going to 185 pounds. Machida has been talking about going to 185 pounds. So we wanted to see if he wanted to fight Machida at 185.”

White said that Diaz told him that he would get back to him.

We haven’t seen Diaz in the octagon since his welterweight title loss to champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in March. The former Strikeforce champion stated after the fight that he was retiring from the sport.

Machida was last seen in the octagon ten days ago when he lost a controversial decision to Phil Davis at UFC 163. The former light heavyweight champion has stated in the past that he would be willing to make the move to the 185 pound division.

It had been rumored in the last few days that Machida would possibly be facing off with Vitor Belfort in November.

“I wanted Machida to fight Vitor Belfort, but Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently,” White stated. “He wants to make his own fights.”

Machida and Diaz have never fought at 185 in their respective careers. We will give you an update on if this fight can be agreed too.

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Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva Fight Estimated To Do 550,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

For the prediction that UFC President Dana White made about UFC 162 trending to about 800,000 buys was a little bit off.

According to Dave Meltzer from MMAFighting.com, UFC 162 featuring Chris Weidman knocking off Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight championship did about 550,000 buys on pay-per view.

The promotion based around the fight was that fighters were picking Weidman to knock off Silva and it seems like it was a success for the organization.

The number of buys for UFC 162 would be right around the projection of UFC 159 when Jon Jones defeated Chael Sonnen to make the second highest number of buys in 2013. The highest number of buys would be 950,000 buys for UFC 158 when Georges St-Pierre defeated Nick Diaz.

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Dana White Shoots Down Nick Diaz Return To The UFC

If you were excited about Nick Diaz making his return to the UFC, you will have to wait a little longer.

UFC President Dana White told MMAFighting.com that he hasn’t spoken to the former Strikeforce welterweight champion or anyone in representing him.

That is contrary to an interview that Diaz trainer Cesar Gracie did with BJPenn.com stating that Diaz had been offered a return fight by White.

Diaz hasn’t fought since his unanimous decision at UFC 158 to welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. The native of Stockton, California stated after the fight that he was retiring from the sport.

BetweenTheRopes.com tried to reach out to Gracie for comment, but were unsuccessful at this current time.

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Georges St-Pierre vs Johny Hendricks likely for November event in Vegas

gspIt is looking like Johny Hendricks won’t have to wait too much for his shot at Georges St-Pierre.

Dana White announced today at the UFC 161 open workouts that Hendricks and the UFC welterweight champion will be meeting at a to be determined event in November with Las Vegas being the probable destination.

Hendricks has been campaigning for the fight with St-Pierre since he became the number one contender when he defeated Martin Kampmann in 46 seconds at UFC 154 last November. St-Pierre on that same show defeated Carlos Condit in a unification bout by unanimous decision.

“Bigg Rigg” got denied his opportunity as St-Pierre decided he wanted his next title defense to be against arch nemesis, Nick Diaz. That bout took place at UFC 158 in March with the champion defeating Diaz by unanimous decision. Hendricks also fought on the same event defeating Condit by unanimous decision.

We will keep you up to date when everything is made official for this welterweight showdown.

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