After nearly a year-and-a-half on the sidelines, reigning UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (22-2) has been medically cleared to return to action this fall.
"Yesterday was the final chapter of my road to recovery," St-Pierre posted from his official Facebook page on Tuesday. "I'm now medically cleared to compete in professional mixed martial arts! Big thanks to all my fans for the amazing support during those nine long months of rehab. Couldn't have done it without you."
St-Pierre is scheduled to return on November 17 against interim welterweight titleholder, Carlos Condit (28-5), at UFC 154 from Montreal's Bell Centre. In the co-main event, Johny Hendricks meets Martin Kampmann in a pivotal welterweight clash to determine the division's next contender.
Prior to St-Pierre's knee injury, the 31-year-old was riding a nine-fight win streak, including seven consecutive title defenses. Among the victories included Josh Koscheck (twice), Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn and Jake Shields.
Condit, meanwhile, captured the interim welterweight title last February after scoring a unanimous decision over ex-Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz. The victory marked his 13th in fourteen outings, having also bested Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald and Dan Hardy along the way.
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Matt Manzella is the managing editor for CageReligion.com and host of Cage Religion Radio. Matt has been working in the television broadcasting industry for over seven years and is also a play-by-play commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League and Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting.
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