Although Georges St-Pierre has only been sidelined for approximately six months rehabilitating his torn ACL, it appears he will be ready to resume light martial arts training next month.
According to Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi, the former welterweight kingpin has had a much smoother rehabilitation process this time around and is well ahead of schedule in comparison to his last ACL tear in 2011.
"It's looking way better than the first time," Zahabi told ESPN.com. "We just finished training and were talking about how his quadriceps got back to size so much faster this time around. No two ACL injuries are the same. We're learning that.
Zahabi also mentioned that GSP will be ready to resume light pad work next month but "nothing crazy."
When asked whether this was a foreshadowing of St-Pierre's return to MMA competition, Zahabi refused to make definitive statements but added that, in his opinion, the former champion still has plenty of "competitive juice" running through his veins.
"Right now, every time I talk to him, we never talk about his comeback," Zahabi said. "I'm being 100 percent honest with you. I tell him people ask me about it every day. I think we both just know that there is no answer until he gets back in the gym, in his routine and sees if he wants to continue.
"My personal opinion is he still has plenty of competitive juice in him. I don't think he'll be anywhere near fight shape until he's late-34 -- mid-34. I think he's got a few fights in him but I don't want to speak for the guy. He might retire and no one could blame him."
Transcription taken from ESPN.com.