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Firas Zahabi: 'Fantastic' Georges St. Pierre more motivated than ever for UFC return

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But first, he must return to full health, both physically and mentally.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee earlier this year while wrestling, forcing him to go under the knife (pic) and endure several months on the sidelines.

But instead of pushing him closer to retirement, it's actually made him more motivated than ever, according to coach Firas Zahabi, who said his star pupil is doing "fantastic."

"Georges is doing fantastic," Zahabi told MMA Fighting. "I think [he'll return]. I think there's a lot of fire left in him, especially since he got injured, he's more motivated than ever. He was just about to start sparring again before he got injured. I think there's a lot of martial arts left in him."

St. Pierre required surgery to repair the same injury (different knee) back in 2011, which sidelined the French-Canadian for more than one year. Upon his return, he defeated Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks by way of decision before taking a break to deal with a litany of personal and professional problems.

Sounds like he's finally got his head together and will slowly but surely make his way back to the Octagon.

Or not.