Former UFC Welterweight King Georges St-Pierre's recent ACL surgery could spark his MMA career back into life says Firas Zahabi.
GSP's head coach at Tristar MMA in Montreal has spoken to MMAJunkie and said:
“Georges just finished his surgery and it went extremely well.
“His spirits are very good. His pain is already gone and before around this time he was having a lot of pain. This time he’s more mentally ready, he’s done this surgery before, he’s very optimistic.
“I think this injury, because he’s going to be away from training for so long, could cause him to want to fight again.
“When your girlfriend dumps you, you want her more than ever before. MMA just kind of put him on the sidelines, and now he probably wants MMA more now than ever before. It’s the way it is – it’s human nature."
It's not the first time GSP has torn his ACL. In 2011 when preparing for a fight with Nick Diaz, he suffered the same fate, an injury which kept him out for 14 months.
Zahabi, who also trains the likes of Rory McDonald and former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres, has been GSP's head coach for a very long time. He is not just a coach but a friend and knows the former champion extremely well.
He believes that Johnny Hendricks must remain champion to spark the hunger back into him.
“If Hendricks defends the belt and it doesn’t change it will be a more wanted rematch.
“If somebody beats Hendricks, the taste will be lost. To be the champion now you have to fill the last champion’s shoes. When Georges took the title from Matt Hughes he had heavy shoes to fill, but he did it. Now Hendricks has even bigger shoes to fill, and it’s not easy.
“Believe me, winning the belt is one thing, but defending the belt is a whole other thing.”
St-Pierre was last seen in November when he defeated Johnny Hendricks by a razor thin split decision before vacating the belt. However it was a grueling fight for GSP, and many believe that it should have been Hendricks who had his arm raised.
Since then, Hendricks defeated Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC 170 lbs title.
Any fans who hoped to see GSP return in 2014 will be dissapointed, as he will likely be out for at least a year.
Since vacating the title, the 170lbs division has become wide open. With Hendricks the new champion, he offers a style that is beatable. Previously when GSP was champion, he was outstanding in all aspects, whether it was on the feet or on the ground.
His fights against BJ Penn, Nick Diaz and Josh Koscheck were some of the most one sided fights ever in the Octagon.
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