GSP Dealing with Eye Injury
The return of Georges St-Pierre has been long awaited since he abruptly left the MMA scene in late 2013. Back in March, it was announced he and Michael Bisping would collide with the UFC middleweight title on the line, but that bout has since been canceled.
GSP has said numerous times he would not be ready to fight until some time towards the end of the year, and nothing, not even the UFC, could convince him otherwise. But he had been silent as to the reason why. But now, GSP has opened up a bit and revealed he has been dealing with an injury to one of his eyes.
At the C2 Montreal conference, GSP said the injury has been delaying his return, rather than him constantly pushing the return off.
"Trust me, I’m not the kind of guy who thinks, ‘Hey, I’m going to make everybody wait for me," GSP said. "That’s not the reason. If it were up to me, I would come back. The reason is I had a problem with my eye. I had an injury. My vision has not been back yet. It will be back. It’s something very minor. The doctor insisted for me that I don’t spar until September."
GSP went on to say that he told the UFC about the injury when re-signing with the MMA promotion back in February. And even then, he claims, they still insisted on him working a summer program with Bisping.
"They knew I couldn’t fight during the summer, but they still insisted on doing that press conference with Michael Bisping," GSP said. "And when it happened, we were not very excited about the idea, but we wanted that fight, so we decided to do it, but then it turned into a negative thing because it took so long. But UFC knew. Everyone knew. The people concerned knew that that was the case, but they still tried to put pressure on me to fight in July. That’s the reason why I’m coming out public today about the reason why I’m not fighting this summer."
Bisping is also currently out of action, dealing with a knee injury. An interim middleweight title bout between top contender Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker is scheduled as the co-main event for UFC 213 in July.
UFC President Dana White threatened to cancel the bout, but both GSP and Bisping are hopeful the fight can happen once both men recover fully.