UFC 143: It's Easy to Attack Georges St-Pierre When He's Down

Chris AlfaroContributor IIIDecember 26, 2011

NEW YORK - MARCH 24:  Georges St-Pierre of Montreal, Quebec, Canada speaks at a press conference for UFC 111 at Radio City Music Hall on March 24, 2010 in New York City.  St-Pierre will face Dan Hardy of Nottingham UK in the Welterweight title bout.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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An ACL tear is not an injury to take lightly. Georges St. Pierre knows that now more than anyone.

Doctor's predict that it will take six to nine months for St. Pierre to heal up and get ready to reenter the Octagon and defend his title.

That also gives six to nine months for the haters to hate their very hardest.

Since St. Pierre injured his knee before UFC 137 message boards have been lit up with people arguing that St. Pierre is avoiding fights or that he isn't what he used to be. Since tearing his ACL, the message boards have been on fire.

And now he's being attacked everywhere.

St. Pierre was recently named one of the year's most over-hyped athletes by Lefko of Sportsnet.

There has been talk that his injuries are damaging his legacy and that he is no longer one of the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Some are claiming that he should be stripped of his title because he can't defend it.

And he has even been called a little girl because he's afraid of heights.

Talk about kicking a man when he's down.

As it stands, St. Pierre is still one of the greatest fighters who ever lived and his talent and skill in the Octagon has spoken and continues to speak for itself.

People criticize him for not finishing fights. They criticize him for "playing it safe." They criticize him for getting hurt. They criticize him for not fighting while hurt. Next, they'll criticize him for being human.

No matter what he does, the haters will always find something to criticize. No matter how much hate they spew, they're not fooling anyone but themselves.