Georges St-Pierre suffers a 2nd torn ACL, will head back to surgery soon
MAR 27, 2014 7:25p ET
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre hasn't officially retired from fighting, but he will have a longer road to travel should he decide to come back after revealing on Thursday that he's suffered a serious knee injury that will require surgery in the coming days.
St-Pierre explained via his Facebook page that he tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee while training, and will have to go back under the doctor's knife very soon.
"Just got confirmation that I tore my left knee ACL during training this week," St-Pierre wrote. "Surgery in a few days and rehab starts right away. We all face challenges in our lives and I know only one way to take this one: Pain, hard work, no shortcuts and I will soon be back at 100%."
Tore my left ACL in training. Surgery in a few days. Rehab, pain, hard work, no shortcuts- I'll soon be back at 100%. Thanks for the support— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) March 27, 2014
This isn't the first time St-Pierre suffered a serious knee injury.
In 2011 while preparing for a fight against Carlos Condit, St-Pierre suffered a torn ACL in his right knee that put him out of action for the better part of a year before he returned to the Octagon. Following that knee surgery, St-Pierre posted a 3-0 record with each bout serving as a successful title defense of the welterweight gold.
Unfortunately, now St-Pierre will have to undergo surgery on his other leg, leaving him with two surgically repaired knees when it's all said and done.
The recovery time for a torn ACL is usually between six to nine months, but can be longer depending on how the patient recovers and rehabilitates the injury.
While St-Pierre has stated that he planned on taking an extended leave from fighting regardless of this latest injury, the knee surgery would prevent him from even contemplating a comeback most likely into the first half of 2015.