On Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani revealed that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will undergo surgery next week in Los Angeles under the care of the same doctor who performed his first ACL surgery, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
The 32-year-old St-Pierre tore his left anterior cruciate ligament while at the gym last week in Montreal. GSP, who vacated the 170lb title shortly after his UFC 167 title win against Johny Hendricks, has remained in shape since taking a hiatus, but will need an extended amount of time away from training to recover from his injury.
In his absence, Hendricks defeated Lawler to win the vacant welterweight title, but would quickly find himself on the sidelines himself after undergoing surgery on his left bicep. The newly crowned champion believes he'll be ready to defend his title by September.
Dr. ElAttrache first operated on St-Pierre in 2011, when the former champion suffered an ACL tear in his right knee before his UFC 143 title defense against Nick Diaz. It would be a year and a half before the Quebec native would return to the octagon for a title unification bout against Carlos Condit at UFC 154.
The timetable for GSP's recovery will likely become clear once he has successfully undergone the surgery, but if any MMA fans and pundits expected a surprise return in 2014, they will be sorely disappointed.