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It's been a rough year for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. "Rush" has spent much of the last 12 months rehabbing and recovering from the serious knee injuries that have kept him out of action since April of 2011.
During his time off, the UFC created an interim belt for the 170-pound division, due to "GSP's" extended absence. The belt was won by Carlos Condit in a fight versus Nick Diaz at UFC 143 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 24, 2012.
Since defeating Diaz, "The Natural Born Killer" has been content to sit on the shelf and wait until St. Pierre was ready to return to the Octagon for a fight that would unify the title belts and determine who the real king of the hill in the welterweight division is.
Finally, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans can rest assured in knowing that we have a time, date and place for the showdown. No more rumors or "what ifs." And apparently, that "superfight" between "GSP" and Anderson Silva is going to have to wait.
That's because St. Pierre is back, and he has his sights set on Condit.
During a segment on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" last night, analyst and friend of St. Pierre's, Kenny Florian, gave an update on "GSP's" progress:
"I talked to GSP's coaches today, and it looks like he'll fight in November in Montreal against Condit. He had his first sparring session today. They say he looked great and he'll be ready to go."
That's right. As of today, St. Pierre is back in the gym and training for a fight versus Condit at UFC 154 in Montreal, Quebec on Nov. 17, 2012.
The date and other information are somewhat subject to change, with the event being as far out as it is. But, for now, this is about the most solid "GSP" news we've had in months.
So, it looks like St. Pierre will definitely be defending his title in November, and it won't be against "The Spider." That is, unless a million UFC fans get on Twitter and tell UFC President Dana White they want to see a different fight.