People love to cast GSP as a neurotic perfectionist unwilling to take chances. So it shouldn’t be surprising that some fans are grumbling that maybe the injury that took Georges off UFC 137 wasn’t that bad. Matt Hughes summarizes the sentiment on his blog: “I will go out on a limb and say it doesn’t have to be all that serious for Georges to pull out of the fight, because I know that he likes to make sure he’s 100% before he steps into the octagon.”
There’s not exactly a large body of evidence to support this theory. Georges has pulled out of a grand total of one UFC fight – his first match against Matt Serra back in 2007. And now we have this video from Sportsnet that shows Georges was already trying to work through an injury to one of his knees from Saturday when he borked the other one on Tuesday:
I don’t know exactly how it happend. I kinda slipped, felled, I think I strained my knee. I went for my MRI, nothing was torn, it was good news but it was a moderate strain ligament. So I told the doctor, I said “Listen, I’m going to try and train tomorrow and if I can train and go full out I’m going to take the fight, otherwise thats mean I’m not going to be ready.” So I went on Tuesday, tried to train. I felt a little discomfort in my knee as always with my lateral movement and I was compensating with my other leg so what happened is duiring my training I hurt my hamstring on the other side. I think it was because of the compensation. So right away I knew I was not going to be able to fight unfortunately.
I don’t blame Georges St Pierre for pulling out of his fight. I blame Nick Diaz. If a butterfly flapping it’s wings on one side of the earth can change a bunch of crap on the other, then who knows what would have happened if a stoner had shown up at some goddamn press conferences?