Georges St-Pierre Hopeful of a November Return and Headline UFC 154 in Montreal

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2012

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While there is no exact date for Georges St-Pierre's return to the UFC, the UFC welterweight champion is only hoping he can return later this year.

The champion discussed his progress via satellite during a UFC press conference in Calgary, Alberta earlier today and he was optimistic in at least one appearance before the end of 2012.

"My rehab is going really well," St-Pierre said. "The doctor says it is the fastest they've ever seen. I'll be training full out in July and hopefully I'll have a chance to fight in front of my Canadian fans in November."

And should he make a full recovery, St-Pierre is expected to face newly-crowned interim UFC titleholder Carlos Condit in a unification title bout.

The UFC announced today that Montreal, along with two other Canadian cities, will play host to three UFC events later this year, with Montreal headlining UFC 154 on November 17.

St-Pierre said he is aware that the decision to perform in front of his hometown crowd is not entirely up to him.

The champion also commented on the fact that a possible super-fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is not far out of reach either, but it depends on several factors for it to occur.

"If everything goes well, like stars are aligned and everything, maybe we’ll see one day in the near future about what’s going to happen," he said. 

But until then, the biggest fight St-Pierre will need to prepare for is his overall health, a bout that is much more significant than with Condit or Silva.

"When you get an injury like I have and you’re off for a long period of time, the only thing you wish is to get back fast as possible," he said.