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Dana White: 'Georges St. Pierre just got cleared and he'll let us know when he's ready' for UFC return

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Is a return imminent?

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (25-2) met with promotion president Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta earlier this week (details) to discuss his future in mixed martial arts (MMA).

St. Pierre, 33, walked away from the fight game last December to clear his mind, as well as rest his body, but suffered a serious setback when he ruptured his ACL. "Rush" went under the knife and had plenty of time to think about a potential Octagon return.

Something that appears to be a matter of when, rather than if.

"They cleared GSP's knee," White told The Download. "After surgery like that it still takes about another 30 days before you start to mentally feel right. But he's in a good spot. His knee just got cleared and he'll start training again and getting back into shape. He'll let us know when he's ready."

A lot has changed in the last 10 months.

The last man to face St. Pierre, Johny Hendricks, is now the reigning 170-pound champion, following a unanimous decision win over Robbie Lawler back in March. "Bigg Rigg" will rematch "Ruthless" at UFC 181 and the winner is expected to meet Rory MacDonald in 2015.

As for GSP? I'm sure he'll have plenty of other options...