With the landscape of the welterweight division changing drastically over the last year, MMA fans are anticipating the return of reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who has been out of the Octagon since March 2011 and is expected to make his return later this year.
"In July, I'll be training again," St-Pierre told UFC Central on Sports Net. "I think November is a realistic time for me to come back and fight."
Since St-Pierre's last win over Jake Shields at UFC 129, a new interim welterweight champion has been crowned in Carlos Condit, who defeated Nick Diaz at UFC 143. That fight emerged when St-Pierre injured his right knee and suffered an ACL injury late in 2011.
To make the division even more interesting, top contenders Johny Hendricks and Jake Ellenberger stopped previous title challengers, making a strong case to be considered for a shot at the title.
Still, GSP remains at the top of the division and a top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. He recently has been seen cornering fighters he trains with, including rising contender Rory MacDonald.
"When you haven't fought for a long time, you want the butterflies," GSP said. "The feeling of fighting, you want to keep it alive inside of you. A good way to do it is to corner some of your training partners."
He was last seen cornering MacDonald at UFC 145, where the 22-year-old defeated Che Mills by TKO.
"It's how you come back from adversity that shows how good you are," St-Pierre said of MacDonald's victory. "It happens to everyone. It happened to me when I fought Frank Trigg. He caught me with a good punch in the beginning, and I had to readjust myself."
GSP's return fight is expected to come against Condit, who decided to wait for the undisputed champion to return after winning the interim belt.
It will be his seventh time defending the title he won from Matt Serra in 2008. His wins since then include those over Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck and Shields.
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