There’s been a lot of Haterade flowing Georges St Pierre’s way lately. A lot of it has to do with his inability to finish his last four opponents and how risk-averse his style of fighting has become. That last bit has led some people to speculate that his UFC 137 injury wasn’t all that severe.
Deep down, you know GSP is a sensitive flower. Why do people say such hurtful things? If it’s just a misunderstanding, he’d like to set things straight. Here he is talking to Luke Thomas about the injury:
Georges St. Pierre: Yeah, I sprained my MCL and then I took a week and everybody when it happened when I sprained my MCL, everybody said that I should pull out of the fight. I said, “No, no, no. I’m gonna wait a little bit.” See if, you know, you put so much into sacrifice and training camp, I don’t want to cancel after the first little obstacle but I tried to make it back 10 days after to train again and I was compensating with my other leg and I strained my hamstring so now I knew that both legs were hurt. I was like, “Ahh shit. I need to pull out.”
Luke Thomas: So you’re in this weird position. I think some guys take UFC fights injured and not that they’re tougher than you but they have a lot less to lose. What’s the worst….
Georges St. Pierre: (interrupting) Hey, there is something I need to say. Injured like I was, like right now, I cannot do like lateral movement and I cannot grapple at all so nobody would take a fight to be injured like I am. There are some little bruise, little ‘this and that’ but an injury like I have, a sprained MCL and a strained hamstring, you cannot take a fight like this. That’s impossible. You go like this, you gonna get killed in a few minutes, in like one minute because you cannot move, you don’t have the ability, you don’t have the stability and the mobility that you need to have as an athlete and at this level you’ll get destroyed.
So there it is again without the possibility of Frenchy / Anglais misunderstanding: he’d hurt both legs, not just one. You’d have to be crazy to get in the cage with someone like Carlos Condit under those circumstances. Not everyone is just gonna stand there like Jake Shields and do nothing for the entire fight.