UFC: They Can Continue to Thrive Without Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva

Jason Schielke@jasonschielkeCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2011

As you may or may not already know, it was recently announced on Twitter by UFC president Dana White that reigning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is officially out of his bout at UFC 143 against Nick Diaz. In the same tweet, White also announced that Carlos Condit will now face Nick Diaz for the interim title on the same night.

This will start off 2012 right where 2011 left off. In 2011, 10 UFC main events were scrapped due to injury. In some cases, fans were treated to some sub-par main events, but in others, some big-named fighters like Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz.

This injury marks the second straight event St-Pierre has been forced out of due to injury. Before the latest sting he was originally scheduled to face off against Condit at UFC 137, but an injury forced him off that card.

St-Pierre, along with current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, will both be out of commission until middle to late 2012. Even without two of their biggest stars able to compete for quite a while, the UFC is still in fantastic shape.

As of now, fans still have Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz, Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes and lightweight champion Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson, along with another big-name fight yet to be announced for UFC on FOX 2 to look forward to. And all of that is just in the first quarter of 2012.

Then you have Junior dos Santos, Jon Jones, Dominick Cruz and a slew of other exciting fighters that we are sure to see in action before the summer of 2012 comes around.

While St-Pierre and Silva being out of action is a huge letdown, there is still plenty of MMA action lined up in early 2012 for all mixed martial arts fans excited about. It will just be the icing on the cake when two of the sport's biggest stars return to action