The knee injury that forced UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to withdraw from next Saturday’s UFC 137 main event is only a sprain that should allow him to return to face Carlos Condit in early 2012 after four-to-six weeks off, UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta told the LA Times.
I am greatly disappointed, for both myself and UFC fans, that I will no longer be fighting for the Welterweight title at UFC 137, but I also understand that injuries are a part of this business,” Condit said in a statement. “This is the best training camp I have ever had, and I look forward to carrying over the growth that I’ve experienced in this camp to my next one.
“I have trained for over a decade in mixed martial arts with the clear goal of becoming the best fighter in the world at my weight class. I have worked this long to become the UFC Welterweight Champion. I will work a little longer.”
While Dana White announced the new UFC 137 main event between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz would remain a three-round fight, Diaz’s camp wants Penn to agree to make it the first five-round non-title fight.
Finally, a middleweight bout between Brad Tavares and UFC newcomer Dustin Jacoby has been promoted from the Facebook prelims to fill the UFC 137 main card, leaving Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver and Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski on the Spike prelims.