Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, who hasn't fought in over a year after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, is hoping to unify the division titles against Interim Champion Carlos Condit at the UFC 154 pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for Nov. 17, 2012 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
But is he coming back too soon?
St. Pierre's trainer, Firas Zahabi, told Sherdog Radio Network's "Rewind" show he wanted to wait longer, but the champ was ready and didn't "Rush" back from the sidelines just to alleviate the pressure from increasingly impatient fans who wanted some closure to the messy 170-pound title drama.
Hear why Zahabi would have preferred to wait, after the jump.
"It was tough. I would have preferred, obviously, if he could have waited a little longer. I think it would have been the best, more ideal, but Georges really wanted to fight. The fans wanted to see him fight. The fight's coming to Montreal. I told Georges, ‘Let's do one last sparring. Let's see where you're at in sparring.' And he did great. He went all his rounds. He went with every UFC fighter. He looked fantastic, and we said, ‘Look, you're ready. Let's do it.' The only reason I said I would have liked to wait longer is because I wouldn't want to rush the healing process, not that we did, but we really did it right on the deadline. They said, ‘OK, you'll be ready for this kind of training then,' and we really hit it right away on that date, as soon as he got verified and all that."
He's ready! But...
The Canadian kingpin hasn't seen the inside of the Octagon since his five round dance against Jake Shields at UFC 129 back in April 2011. During his time away from the sport, he was able to reassess his fighting style and has since promised more exciting fights with more finishes.
This could be the rebirth of one of the greatest fighters of our generation -- or a disaster that knocks him from his pedestal. Any guess as to which scenario unfolds on fight night?