UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre looked less than spectacular in his UFC 158 main event appearance when he defended his belt by successfully neutralizing challenger Nick Diaz’s jiu jitsu and striking with his wrestling. While GSP was controlling where the fight went, he was doing so with an Achilles injury and fever, according to TVA Sports.
St-Pierre injured his Achilles at the end of his training camp for the fight.
“Fortunately, there were no tears,” said St-Pierre’s Tristar trainer Firas Zahabi, per TVA Sports. “That said, it was very tense and very painful, but not enough to cancel the fight. Our concern was that the tendon tears during combat. At the moment, we do not know if he aggravated his injury, but he certainly will undergo treatment in the coming weeks so the tendon can heal properly.
“It is certain that these two elements affected his performance. He found it exceedingly difficult. He is physically and mentally exhausted. I think he will need at least six months of rest before returning to the Octagon. ”
St-Pierre was able to fight his way through the injuries and will now face Johnny Hendricks, who earned the No. 1 challenger ranking with his win over Carlos Condit. Their bout is expected to take place later this summer.