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Champs on the mend

Let’s check up on how our three out of action champs are doing, shall we? First off, the good news:

Hoping to fight at least once more before the end of 2012, the UFC’s featherweight kingpin is expecting an October return upon news that his injured left leg will not require surgery. Aldo’s manager Andre Pederneiras broke the news yesterday, and also mentioned that Aldo is currently taking part in physical therapy in Brazil and will soon meet with doctors to evaluate his progress.

That’s a three monther – good news considering how bad leg injuries can be. Aldo was just suffering from a ‘strained thigh.’ When it comes to knee injuries like Dominic Cruz has, recovery time is a little bit longer. Ariel Helwani reports on UFC Tonight:

“You know, he had the surgery on June 6th, a total reconstruction of his ACL and MCL in his left leg. He’s feeling great. He’s saying he’s ahead of schedule right now. Right now, it’s a little too early to say just when he’ll be ready to return. He’s doing the normal physical therapy, right now. This is an injury that could take an athlete nine to maybe 18 months to return to his previous form. So right now, his spirits are high, but he doesn’t want to put any kind of date out as far as when he could return to the Octagon.”

As for Georges St Pierre, everything is on track for him to return on November 17th at UFC 154 in Montreal. Or at least that’s what the UFC is assuming. His coach Firas Zahabi was less committal:

“I won’t be confident to (give a time table) until I see him in the gym and moving around and live sparring,” Zahabi said. “A little jiu-jitsu (St-Pierre is doing now). It’s technique now, nothing live and nothing with contact. Just some light moving around the going over the moves he usually does and reviewing the playbook.”

Georges is the biggest name currently on the shelf during injuries and we can only hope his return heralds the end of a terrible year of fight cancellations and other b*llshit. Save us Georges St Pierre! You’re our only hope!