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Georges St-Pierre Tears ACL While Training for Absolutely Nothing


(GSP gets some blood drained from his knee back in January 2012, the last time this happened to him. / Photo via St-Pierre’s Facebook page)

Just because Georges St-Pierre won’t return to the UFC until the promotion improves its drug-testing policies, doesn’t mean he can’t stay in shape. In fact, the former welterweight champion tore the ACL in his left knee this week in training, and he doesn’t even have a fight coming up. That’s commitment. St-Pierre is scheduled to undergo surgery in a few days.

It’ll be a familiar process for GSP, who blew out the ACL in his right knee in December 2011, and didn’t return until the following November, when he defeated interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154. In other words, he’s rebounded from this injury before, and he could certainly do it again. If he wanted to. Which he might not. When informed of the news, UFC president Dana White had some rather backhanded words of sympathy:

I didn’t think his hiatus was going to be that long. That’s one of the risks you run when you get away from the sport like that. You have a small window as a professional athlete to make what you can. The guy gave up his belt, walked away from the sport, and now he’s out for who knows how long.”

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Surgery Roundup: Weidman and Hendricks Set Timetables for Return, Carlos Condit to Go Under the Knife Tomorrow


(“And for my next trick, I will pull a horseshoe out of Joe Rogan’s ass and beat him over the head with it!” Photo via Getty.)

I don’t mean to jinx things, but 2014 is rapidly approaching 2012 as the year of the injury curse. So far, 2014 has been the year that put the final nail in Dominick Cruz’s coffin, saw Anderson Silva do a full-on Corey Hill, and took out Cain Velasquez for the foreseeable future. Oh yes, and let us not forget that GSP vacated his title this year, and that we won’t be seeing Anthony Pettis in action until December 27th*. No, fuck you, 2014.

Even our newly-minted, young-gun champions, Chris Weidman and Johny Hendricks, have been bitten by the injury bug recently, going down with a knee injury and torn bicep/fractured shin, respectively. Honestly, it makes one consider whether fighting for tens of thousands of hundreds of dollars is really worth spending the majority of your prime years battling injuries that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix, but I digress.

Amidst all the black clouds currently hovering over the MMA landscape, however is a silver lining. Following successful bicep surgery, Hendricks has already set a timetable for his return, telling The MMA Hour that he is hoping for a 4 to 8 week rehabilitation period before he can resume training. For some gruesome before and after photos of Hendricks’ shredded ligaments, plus updates on Weidman and Carlos Condit, join us after the jump.

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Carlos Condit Suffered Meniscus Tear, Possible Torn ACL in UFC 171 Loss to Tyron Woodley


(I like the genuine look of concern on Woodley’s face. I mean, two seconds ago he was trying to tear Condit’s limbs off, but still. / Photo via Getty)

Carlos Condit‘s UFC 171 fight against Tyron Woodley started badly and got worse from there. After being out-slugged in round one, Condit suffered an injury to his right knee in round two after giving up a takedown. A follow-up leg kick from Woodley led to Condit’s knee buckling in weird, unexpected ways.

Though the exact condition of Condit’s knee won’t be known until he undergoes an MRI, MMAJunkie passes along word that the welterweight contender suffered a small meniscus tear and possibly a torn ACL, according to the initial diagnosis given to him at a local hospital following the fight. His recovery timetable is uncertain at this point; we’ll update you as soon as we know more.

After the jump: Highlights from the Condit vs. Woodley fight, and Woodley’s post-fight interview, in which he respectfully requests a title shot.

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Gross Photo of the Day: Nick Catone Apparently Replaced His Knee With a Grapefruit Prior to UFC 169 Win


(Photo via Catone’s twitter.)

Testosterone replacement therapy may be one of the primary go-tos among fighters looking to gain an edge over their competition these days, but there’s another equally insidious, ever-expanding method of chicanery being utilized by cheaters far and wide that makes TRT look like a dinosaur technology. I’m talking of course, about MMA fighters smuggling food beneath their skin.

Yes, much like boxers have been caught with metal-plated gloves, more and more MMA fighters are being busted for Culinary Subepidermal Contraband, or hoarding food items beneath the skin, to apparently gain an advantage in the cage. Following his fight with Stipe Miocic at UFC on FOX 10, Gabriel Gonzaga was caught with a stack of oatmeal cookies stuffed into his hand, and just earlier today, middleweight Nick Catone posted the above photo to his Twitter account.

As you can clearly see, Catone, who has struggled with injuries for the majority of his career, replaced his left knee with a grapefruit (or possibly a cantaloupe) at some point prior to his split decision win over Tom Watson at UFC 169 last weekend and is now gloating about it with the above photo, sarcastically adding “Happy to get my hand raised tonight. Unfortunately I’m stuck in a terrible hospital in Newark with a torn ACL.”

Right, Mr. Catone. Tell me more about this “torn ACL” you speak of. A middle finger to the sport of MMA if I’ve ever seen one before.

CagePotato currently has its crack team of top scientists investigating what the possible benefits of CSC are, exactly, and we will update you once they finish pouring liquids from beakers into other beakers. In the mean time, watch your back, Catone. We’re onto you. (*gives Jack Byrnes “watching you” gesture*)

-J. Jones

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Gross Video of the Day: Cat Zingano Gets Her Melon-Knee Drained, Can’t Bear to Watch the Horror

Grizzly injury videos are quickly becoming this month’s Harlem Shake videos amongst the MMA community. Just last week, Mark Hunt videotaped the aftermath of what we can only assume was a horrific Blunderbuss accident, and today, Cat Zingano (or rather, her husband, Mauricio Zingano) has made us privy to the aftermath of the ACL injury that derailed her plans to coach opposite Ronda Rousey on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. And just like that, another War Machine conspiracy has been debunked. I guess we can put the Evan Tanner sponsorship-related suicide theory to bed as well. *Sigh*

As Karmaatemycat will surely tell you, the fluid-draining process is one of the more disgusting aspects of being a mixed martial artist — right up there with fighting Dan Severn in the late aughts. It appears that Cat was similarly horrified when forced to watch the equivalent of a dozen Five Hour Energy drinks being drained from her knee first hand. Honestly, I just hope this gross MMA video trend doesn’t take an even grosser turn into the world of anal colonic interview videos a la Tom Lawlor, or I am out this bitch.

To cleanse your palate of all this surgery-related grossness, we’ve thrown the now-classic video of Zingano during sexier, stretchier times after the jump.

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Correction: Gegard Mousasi Will Probably Not Be Taking the UFC Light-Heavyweight Division by Storm


(Do not read this article while operating heavy machinery. /Photo via Getty Images)

After being inactive for all of 2012 due to a torn ACL, Gegard Mousasi began creeping back to relevance this year, choking out Mike Kyle for Strikeforce in January, then winning a lopsided 15-minute sparring session against Ilir Latifi for his UFC debut in April. For a moment, it seemed like Sweet Sassy was poised to make an impact in the UFC light-heavyweight division. Well, not so much. A new knee injury will sideline Mousasi until the end of the year, and his days at 205 might be behind him for good.

Mousasi confirmed with MMAJunkie.com Radio last week that he’s currently recovering from a surgery to correct a second tear of the same ACL, an injury which he blamed on training too hard. He doesn’t expect to return to competition until November or December — not because the rehab will take that long, but because he plans to do “a lot of partying” this year.

“I’m planning on the recovery, but I’m planning to enjoy life a little bit,” Mousasi said. “In the past, I’ve always been training, always about the sport. Once you have this injury, you discover other stuff. I plan on having a good time.”

As for his postponed fight against Alexander Gustafsson? Mousasi’s not too concerned about it. He already hinted last month that he might be dropping back down to 185 pounds — the weight-class in which he first rose to prominence — and further explained his motivations like this:

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