Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre Says Knee Surgery Was Successful

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre Says Knee Surgery Was Successful

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GSP says knee surgery was a success


TORONTO - Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre says his knee surgery went well and the rehab that looms ahead won't impact his decision on whether to return to mixed martial arts competition.

The 32-year-old Montreal fighter's left knee was operated on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He had reconstructive surgery on the other knee in December 2011.

"I climbed Everest once before and I'm going to climb it again -- if I want to," St-Pierre told The Canadian Press on Thursday. "It's not a problem for me. . . . Anyway I didn't plan to come back to competition before 2015.

"And if I want to come back, when I want to come back, I'll do it again. I'll have all the tools to do it again. I'm not going to be less strong or less athletic -- I'm going to be just better."

"I'll have two bionic knees," he added.

St-Pierre (25-2) vacated his 170-pound title in December, saying he needed a break from the sport. He made the announcement just weeks after winning a controversial split decision over Johny (Big Rigg) Hendricks at UFC 167.

St-Pierre kept training and tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a recent workout. He was wrestling "a kid" and believes his knee caught in a mat and twisted.

"It was like someone hurt his back by tying up his shoes."

Both knee operations were done by Los Angeles-based surgeon Neal ElAttrache, who looked after NFL star Tom Brady's knee in 2009.

"I believe he's the best in the world," said the fighter.

St-Pierre plans to spend the next three months rehabbing in Los Angeles, using the same team as he did for the last operation.

While he is on painkillers in the immediate wake of the surgery, he said he was in good spirits.

"Perfect timing for me that I get hurt right now," he said. "That's the way to look at it."

He expects to resume training in five months, with full sparring in six to seven months. …

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