Georges St. Pierre, scheduled to defend his UFC welterweight championship against Matt Serra at UFC 67 in February, has been forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury.
According to St. Pierre’s manager, Stephane Patry, “Georges went down to New Mexico to help Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans, and Nate Marquardt to prepare for their fights, returning a favor. [The Greg Jackson-trained fighters had helped St. Pierre prepare for his fight with Matt Hughes.]” Patry continued, “They were doing some wrestling drills and he slipped on some sweat and hurt his knee. He was still going to be able to fight, but it got worse when he came back to train in Montreal.”
St. Pierre went to a specialist and had the knee examined. Patry said that it was determined that St. Pierre sprained both his MCL (medial collateral ligament) and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), but was adamant that there was no damage to his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The MCL and PCL are crucial to stability in the knee joint. Patry confirmed that although “the injury is not career threatening. The doctor recommended Georges take 4 weeks off for the injury to heal” before returning to training, which would give him hardly any time to be prepared for the fight with Serra.
This is a huge blow to a card that was probably counting on the St. Pierre/Serra match to help draw a buyrate. The good news is that both Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Mirko Cro Cop will be debuting on the show, and if they’re able to do a good job on hyping those two world-class fighters, then they should be okay as far as an audience goes. Cro Cop’s hype will be difficult, as UFC owns no footage of his previous fights that they could legally use, so they’re going to need to put together some great training video packages as a substitute.
It’s being rumored that the St. Pierre/Serra match could be moved to UFC 69 in Houston. FANTASTIC.