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"He was sparring today and he hurt his knee. I had a feeling it was bad, but then, once he cooled down, he started limping. There's no way he would be able to fight.... It was a weird thing. I can't really explain it.... Of course, everybody is disappointed. We made a lot of sacrifices. We had a lot of people come in to help us train. We put a lot of man hours into getting ready for this fight. But it's not going to waste, it's just being put on hold."
-- Firas Zahabi, who trains UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre at his Tristar Gym in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, talks to ESPN.com about the "bad sprain" that "Rush" suffered to his knee while training for his upcoming fight against Carlos Condit. The unfortunate injury came less than two weeks from fight night (Oct. 29, 2011) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, forcing the promotion to postpone the 170-pound championship clash until a later date. Zahabi claims that St. Pierre was involved in a "shoot boxing session" when St. Pierre tweaked his medial collateral ligament, a drill that comprises "standup sparring but also incorporates takedowns." No immediate date for St. Pierre's return is known at this time because the injury is so fresh; however, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta expects St. Pierre to return against Condit before the first quarter of 2012 expires. In the interim, the welterweight fight between Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn has been promoted to the UFC 137 main event. For more on Georges St. Pierre's knee injury click here, here and here.