While former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has been shelved for the past six months while rehabilitating his torn ACL, it appears he might be ready to return.
According to Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi, the former champion has had a much smoother rehabilitation process this time around and is way ahead of schedule in comparison to his last ACL tear in 2011.
“It’s looking way better than the first time,” Zahabi told ESPN.com. “We just finished training and were talking about how his quadriceps got back to size so much faster this time around. No two ACL injuries are the same. We’re learning that.
GSP’s chief trainer said that the fighter will be ready to start hitting the pads next month, adding that the workouts won’t involve anything to strenuous.
Zahabi did caution that just because St-Pierre has been cleared to work out again, that this shouldn’t be taken as a sign that he is ready to compete professionally.
“Right now, every time I talk to him, we never talk about his comeback,” Zahabi said. “I’m being 100 percent honest with you. I tell him people ask me about it every day. I think we both just know that there is no answer until he gets back in the gym, in his routine and sees if he wants to continue.
“My personal opinion is he still has plenty of competitive juice in him. I don’t think he’ll be anywhere near fight shape until he’s late-34 — mid-34. I think he’s got a few fights in him but I don’t want to speak for the guy. He might retire and no one could blame him.”
Tags: Georges St. Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts