MMA Fanhouse has the skinny:
The 28-year-old St. Pierre suffered the injury in the third round of the UFC 100 bout and gutted his way through the pain for the remainder of the five-round fight, earning a lopsided unanimous decision. In the aftermath, he feared a torn groin, but received a reprieve when doctors informed him the injury was not as serious as previously thought, and that no surgery was necessary. St. Pierre, who is hoping to gain clearance to return to full-contact sparring within the next two weeks, has recently been enjoying his downtime with a trip to Saint-Tropez, France.
While no bout has yet been officially offered to St. Pierre, last month, UFC President Dana White announced that the winner of Sept. 19's UFC 103 matchup between Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann would be his next opponent. Given the rest time necessary for the winner of that contest coupled with St. Pierre's preference for a nine-week camp, it's likely that his next title defense will come in the early weeks of 2010.
This is good news. With no contender in sight until Swick and Kampmann fight, GSP wasn't going to fight in the fall anyway. Fortunately his injury was only serious and not severe. GSP has earned a little bit of R&R time and I can't wait to see him defend his belt next year.
I'm also relieved we're not hearing anymore about GSP moving up to face Anderson Silva. There is nothing wrong with the man staying in the welterweight division and facing the contenders that rise through the ranks. It won't be long before the Anthony Johnsons, Dustin Hazeletts, Dan Hardys, Johny Hendrickses, Brock Larsons, Carlos Condits, Stun Gun Kims and Yoshiyuki Yoshidas will have sorted themselves out and we'll have some fresh and compelling title challengers.
And shoot, by mid-2010 maybe the UFC will have signed Jake Shields and re-signed Nick Diaz.
And I'm not at all averse to seeing rematches with Jon Fitch, Josh Koshcheck, Thiago Alves, or Karo Parisyan at some point, provided that any of them can put together enough wins to merit a return shot.
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