GSP's surgery a rousing success

Georges St. Pierre underwent successful knee surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los...

Georges St. Pierre underwent successful knee surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles Tuesday to repair a torn ACL.(JACK BOLAND/QMI Agency)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

Georges St. Pierre’s path to recovery has gotten off to a great start.

The UFC welterweight champion underwent successful knee surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles Tuesday to repair a torn ACL. St. Pierre’s trainer, Firas Zahabi, confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com.

“It went great,” Zahabi wrote via text message. “The doctor said it could not have gone better.”

Prior to suffering the injury, St. Pierre was scheduled to defend his title against Nick Diaz at UFC 143 in Las Vegas on Feb. 4. Diaz will now face Carlos Condit to crown a UFC interim welterweight champion while St. Pierre is on the mend.

Since the recovery time is estimated to be between six and 12 months, the Montreal native’s camp expects him to make his octagon return in the second half of 2012.

BELFORT AND SILVA SIGN UP FOR TUF:BRAZIL

MMA legends Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will act as coaches on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta made the announcement via Twitter. Upon completion of the reality TV show, the two will fight in a rematch that has been over 13 years in the making.

The two first met in the co-main event at UFC Ultimate Brazil on Oct. 16, 1998. At the time, Belfort had already established himself as one of the top fighters in the world. Silva was just starting to make a name for himself, having fought in numerous bare-knuckle Vale Tudo cards in his home country.

The fight didn’t last long. Silva charged in immediately, only to get stunned with a straight left. As he began to retreat, Belfort exploded with a flurry of punches that saw him run from one end of the cage to the other. As Silva’s back slammed into the octagon fence, Belfort unloaded with more shots, prompting a TKO stoppage at the 44-second mark.

PERALTA’S DECISION OVERTURNED

As expected, the California State Athletic Commission has overturned the result of November’s bout between Mackens Semerzier and Robert Peralta, declaring it a no contest.

The two met in an entertaining scrap on the undercard of the UFC’s debut on FOX. As the bout entered the third round, both men attempted to throw big right hands. Semerzier hit the mat in a daze and desperately grabbed hold of a leg in an attempt to recover. Peralta unloaded with more punches to snag a TKO victory.

However, the replay showed it was an accidental head-butt that dropped Semerzier. Peralta’s punch never even landed.

Following the bout, referee John McCarthy admitted he couldn’t see the blow from his vantage point, but supported the result being overturned after viewing the replay.

Had McCarthy caught the head-butt, enough time had passed during the bout that it could have been stopped and the judges would have awarded a technical decision based on the action prior to the accidental foul.

NO SURGERY FOR BIG NOG

Antonio Rodrigo (Minotauro) Nogueira will forgo surgery on his broken right arm.

Instead of going under the knife, Nogueira will wear an adjustable plastic brace while undergoing twice-daily sessions of ultrasound therapy. The recovery period is expected to be roughly nine months.

The former PRIDE heavyweight champion’s right humerus was snapped during a vicious kimura by Frank Mir in the co-main event of UFC 140 Saturday in Toronto. The bout marked the first time the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt had been submitted in 40 professional MMA fights, spanning over a decade.

Though Nogueira still plans to compete, it will take some convincing for UFC president Dana White to let him step back into the octagon.

“He’s had a career where he’s been through wars,” White said after the fight.

“‘Big Nog’ is a nice guy, and he’s a guy whom I respect. I know they get pissed off at me when I say this stuff, but again, it doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m the one that makes these decisions. I’m going to have to sit down and talk to him. I don’t want to see him get hurt — or anybody else.”


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