Georges St.Pierre has admitted that he was so disappointed with having to pull out of his title fight with Carlos Condit at UFC 137 that he shed tears over the situation.
“I’m not going to lie, I cried,” St-Pierre confessed to Sportsnet. “I had a ton of pressure falling off my shoulders, because for the last few days I was in the mindset that I was nervous for the fight. I was excited for the fight but I was also nervous to know if I was going to be able to fight.”
Just two days ago news emerged that St.Pierre would not be able to compete after suffering an MCL strain during training.
What wasn’t reported at the time is that the Canadian superstar had actually strained his other leg earlier in his training camp, but had still intended to fight. Unfortunately compensating for that injury is likely to have lead to his second injury this week and left him with no choice but to pull out of the fight.
The good news after all of this is that neither injuries is too serious, so St.Pierre won’t require surgery or a lengthy layoff for training.
Having said that, the champion has no intention of rushing his recovery and return to the Octagon.
“The recovery I want to do it well, I don’t want to do it too fast. Because now I had an injury and I tried to train on it and maybe made it a little bit worse. I would say maybe end of January, possibly the beginning of February … Super Bowl, around this time.”
All indications are that Carlos Condit will still be his opponent when he does finally get back to 100% fitness.