GSP marks operation, honored at GB during “trying moment”

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Saint-Pierre receives first stripe from Bruno Fernandes, alongside black belt Rodolphe Beaulieu. Publicity photo.

No longer on the card for UFC 143 in February, when he was supposed to face Nick Diaz, Georges Saint-Pierre didn’t change his habits at all after suffering another knee injury; he dropped by Gracie Barra Montreal last night, his usual Wednesday routine.

There, the fighter, who hasn’t tasted defest since 2007, was caught by surprise by the tribute they held for him there, even awarding him a diploma from IBJJF and the first stripe on his Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

“GSP has been my black belt since 2008, and it was time he got a stripe. The cool part was that his manager, who is also his best friend, got his black belt yesterday too,” recounts Professor Bruno Fernandes. “He’s Rodolphe Beaulieu, who has been training with us for a long while now and became the first black belt at the new GB Montreal location, a school I openend in April 2010. The other cool part was that each of them knew that the other was going to get promoted but never suspected they themselves would be, so it was a great surprise for them both. Just as it was for the other students, who didn’t have a clue about anything.”

Six Canadian fans of GSP’s were there to witness the promotion. They had won a contest promoted by sports drink Gatorade, and the prize was a chance to meet the champion.

“GSP is stoked the stripe came at such a trying time for him, because of the injury and having to pull out of a fight again. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament all the way through, and he’s scheduled for surgery next week,” says Bruno.

Yesterday, Saint-Pierre issued a statement regarding the injury he suffered during wrestling training, when he heard a pop but ignored the pain and tried to train through it. During a recent training camp with Vitor Belfort in Las Vegas, GSP admitted that there were some positions he was unable to do because of the lack of stability in his knee. “I feel there’s only one person to blame for what happened, and that’s me. I’m the kind of guy who sucks up the pain and keeps going. Now I’ve learned a major life lesson. It’ll make me strong, smarter and cleverer,” declared GSP.

According to the Sportv.com.br website, his orthopedic surgeon, Dr Sebastien Simard, says he believes GSP will return to the octagon within the next six to eight months. Yesterday, Dana White announced that GSP could sit out for ten months.

Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit now go on to face each other for the interim welterweight belt in February. Josh Koscheck, who was set to fight Condit on the same night, is awaiting his replacement opponent.

UFC 143
Las Vegas, Nevada
February 4, 2012

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  2. one love at 3:20 pm

    You deserved the stripe at least one year ago! Congrats GSP!

    Everybody wishes you a speedy recovery. Time and Experience will only make you better.
    Stay Tight!

  3. Shilo Rich at 10:55 pm

    I believe everything happens for a reason. You have fought very hard and proven yourself to be very durable, adaptable and focused.Don’t be discouraged.This obstacle is no different. Know your true fans are still supportive of you even through the rough spots in your journey. Congratulations on your stripe, your winning streak, your friends, and the chance to gain more wisdom through yet another experience. Keep up the great work! Shilo Rich

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  7. Carol at 9:53 am

    I never thought I would ever enjoy MMA or UFC.. my husband, a Police Academy Training Officer watches all the time. I felt it was violent and couldn’t watch until I saw George St. Pierre. He introduced to the grace and graciousness of this sport and I am a die-hard fan. Please recuperate and come back… you are a treasure.

  8. Bjpurity at 8:07 pm

    GSP is done.

    The master of cheat peaked vs Penn,

    Bad karma ever since.

    As GSP so famously said when there were no clear condenders and he refused to move to middle weight., “Let them fight it out.”,

    Indeed GSP, they will fight it out while you sit on the sidelines for a year extra and collect the big endorsements.

    The time for honoring yourself with vaseline will soon come to an end.

    • Rule of Two at 3:48 pm

      Another BJ dumbass who thought the fake videos of GSP “using” vaseline were real. Congratulations on being an idiot, sir. If the “evidence” you saw on youtube was indeed real why did nothing become of it in court? I think you now know the answer and you can stop making excuses. BJ already makes enough of them as it is.

  9. Fstainbrook at 11:38 pm

    GSP, I just hope to see you back and better than ever. It’s been a honour watching you perform and I can’t wait till you return.. Best wishes from a fan.
    Sincerely, Franko72

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  11. Jude Fuselier at 5:47 pm

    No matter what happens, I’m a big fan of GSP!
    It goes beyond him being a UFC Champion, and is based on his approach to life and all of its tasks.

    Respectfully,

    Jude Fuselier

  12. Crystalbowers23 at 5:44 am

    Dana White protected him for years now we won’t get to see the fight everybody’s been waiting to see, saint pierre versus silvea, and if he’s really hurt karma’s a bitch.

    Sean.

  13. Yardsman 44 at 7:44 pm

    Hurrah! To one of the all time greatest, Wishing you the best in your recovery, and as I have been a long time GSP fan, will look so forward to your return to the octagon. Your fan forever….

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