UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre tweeted that has been medically cleared to compete in MMA events after recovering from a knee injury.
St-Pierre’s recovery and medical clearance is great news for the UFC, which has experienced a number of card changes this summer due to fighters pulling out of bouts due to injuries.
The latest case was Dan Henderson, who pulled out of his UFC 151 light heavyweight title match with champion Jon Jones, that eventually resulted in the card being canceled due to Jones turning down a fight with former middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen.
In the same tweet, he added “Rendez-vous le 17 novembre.”
This is a reference to November 17, which is the date UFC 154 is scheduled to take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which is the home province of St-Pierre. Although no official announcement has been made, the UFC is targeting UFC 154 to be the location of the welterweight title unification match between St-Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit.
St-Pierre was originally supposed to defend the UFC welterweight title against former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz at UFC 137 until Diaz had the title shot taken away from him after failing to make media appearances. The UFC put Condit in Diaz’s place, but then the welterweight champion had to pull out due to knee injury.
St-Pierre was then going to face Diaz at UFC 143 until he pulled out due to tearing his ACL, resulting in the interim welterweight title match between Condit and Diaz.
The Bell Centre hold some fond memories for St-Pierre, who defeated Matt Serra by TKO to recapture the welterweight title at UFC 83 and retained the championship against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124.
With St-Pierre ready to get back into the cage, it will only be a matter of time before the UFC officially announces the date and place where St-Pierre will face Condit. If it is indeed at the Bell Centre, it will be more than fitting that the champion makes his UFC return in front of his home crowd.