Photo of Georges St. Pierre courtesy of Heavy.com.
That slow but steady whistling sound you hear is probably the wind getting sucked from the sails of the Georges St. Pierre fan club, who's been lobbying for his speedy return following knee surgery.
The longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin recently teased that he was ahead of schedule, giving newly-minted Interim Champion Carlos Condit reason to sit on the sidelines and wait for his return.
A recent report from Japan suggests he's not in any "Rush" after all.
That means Condit could be looking at a title unification bout in November, at the earliest, unless he opts to defend the temporary strap while waiting for the champ to get his ligaments in order.
St. Pierre talks about his long road to recovery with The Star Phoenix, after the jump.
"You cannot predict the future. So I take only one step at a time. I don't know if it's going to be Carlos or what's going to happen. In mixed martial arts, there's so many things that happen. You never know. I don't even focus on fighting right now. I don't even focus on that. I don't even think about it. I just focus on my knee. That's the most important thing. I don't want to do the same thing again. I pushed too much the first time and it will not happen again. It was the biggest injury of my career. But I did the right thing, surrounded myself with the right people, and I will come back stronger from it."
Nick Diaz, who was a 170-pound monkey wrench in the St. Pierre vs. Condit title fight, is now riding the pine following a suspension for marijuana.
That means Jake Ellenberger, who established himself as the next in line with a convincing win over Diego Sanchez earlier this month, could help rally the fans to get Condit back into the cage for a rematch of their 2009 tilt.
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