Dana White on Georges St-Pierre: "He's Still Far from Being Ready"

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2012

Courtesy of TheScore.com
Courtesy of TheScore.com

As Georges St-Pierre attempts to return to the UFC later this year, his progress continues to go well as he is currently recovering from a knee injury.

UFC President Dana White commented on the champion's status, and although he was confident that St-Pierre would step back in the Octagon, he said he's still nowhere near 100 percent at this point.

"Georges has been rehabilitating and he’s been doing great. He is on track, but he is still far from being ready,” White told MMAWeekly.com during a post-fight press conference following UFC 143.

St-Pierre has currently been undergoing rehabilitation since late last year and he said he would be able to return to the Octagon as early as November. The longtime 170-pound champion tore his ACL prior to UFC 137, forcing him off of the card. He has remained out of action ever since then. 

White did reveal St-Pierre was suffering from a little pain in his knee after getting out of his seat following the event, but the UFC boss was adamant that he would be fully recovered.

"He’s getting the best physical therapy that you can get and he’s a hard worker,” he said of St-Pierre. “Some of these knee surgeries now are just as good—I mean, Jerry Rice, 10 years ago, came back from a knee surgery and was still awesome.  It depends on the individual, but these knee surgeries are way different than they used to be.”