Georges St-Pierre having ACL surgery doesn’t mean he’s returning to the UFC

Georges St-Pierre will have surgery to repair his torn left ACL next week in LA.

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Georges St-Pierre is having surgery to repair a torn ACL next week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to be back in the Octagon next year or ever again.

UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani reported Wednesday that St-Pierre will have the operation on his left knee done next week in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the man who repaired his right ACL in 2011. The former UFC welterweight champion has still not decided whether or not he will return to fighting.

St-Pierre has not competed since November when he beat Johny Hendricks by controversial decision at UFC 167. After that bout, he vaguely announced he would be stepping away from MMA and a few weeks later he made it more official on a conference call. St-Pierre vacated the welterweight title, which was then won by Hendricks at UFC 171 on March 15.

His sabbatical from the sport doesn’t mean GSP has stopped training and last week he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament wrestling at Tristar Gym in Montreal. It took St-Pierre a year and a half to return to the Octagon after his first ACL surgery. So if he did decide to come back to the UFC, he may not fight again until fall of 2015.

ElAttrache is a noted sports surgeon, who has operated on the likes of Kobe Bryant.

St-Pierre is clearly enjoying his sabbatical and his first movie "Captain America: Winter Soldier" opens Friday. He was caught by TMZ working out on a Florida beach, doing handstands, despite the injury over the weekend.