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We can rebuild him...
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is slowly but surely creeping his way back into the promotion's 170-pound future, yesterday (June 27, 2012) tweeting that he's not only back to training full-time in Montreal, but that his knee is "super strong."
I'm back in Montreal and full-time training! Already tried a few kicks - right knee is super strong...
But is it strong enough to continue his wrestling dominance?
"Rush" went under the knife earlier this year after shredding his knee in training camp, effectively putting the division on hold until his eventual return. It doesn't help that Carlos Condit, who was awarded the Interim strap after out-pointing Nick Diaz at UFC 143, is sitting on the sidelines until St. Pierre returns.
While GSP is back in training full time, it doesn't exactly mean all systems are go. His recent conversation with The Canadian Press (via CP 24) indicates he still has some limitations when it comes to sparring.
"I have to get back very slowly. My leg, I cannot go back to full-out sparring (yet). I have to be very careful. The knee feels good. Still not 100 per cent, but it feels much better now. I feel that I had knee surgery, I'm not going to lie. I feel it, but it's much better than it was. I go very light. Maybe in a few weeks, I will pick it up and I will be 100 percent. But right now I have to go gradually because -- my movement pattern -- I haven't done this in a long time. I need to rebuild my nervous system to react normally to the movement pattern."
The promotion is hoping for a title unification bout against "The Natural Born Killer" at the upcoming UFC 154 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Nov. 17, 2012 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, however, it may be too soon to know if that's more of a dream than reality.