UFC 154: "St. Pierre vs. Condit" is an upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event that is scheduled to take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Nov. 17, 2012.
It's not a run-of-the-mill Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) PPV, which is perhaps the reason ESPN has volunteered its marketing muscle to help promote it through its "E:60" mini-documentary series. On the contrary, UFC 154 features the return of Georges St. Pierre, who company president Dana White has consistently -- and defiantly -- referred to as his biggest box office draw.
And his comeback from reconstructive knee surgery could not have come at a more needy time, with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion listing perilously for most of 2012 because of injuries and other mishaps.
The "E:60" episode opted to pursue the perseverance angle, illustrating the French-Canadian's lifelong work ethic and pursuit of perfection born out of an imperfect and tormented childhood growing up amidst bullies in Saint-Isidore, Ontario, Canada.
We're even treated to a schoolyard re-enactment, indicating that St. Pierre still carries the emotional scars that put him on his current career path.
St. Pierre emerged from those dark days to become one of the best MMA fighters the sport has ever seen. And when he steps back inside the Octagon to face Carlos Condit in the UFC 154 main event in front of a raucous hometown crowd, "Rush" intends to demonstrate that all the hard work he's put in to rehabilitate his shredded knee, will bear familiar (and successful) results.
It always seems impossible until it's done.