The injury bug has bitten the UFC again, adding yet another bout’s cancellation to a year already featuring multiple marquee match-ups laid to waste for health-related similar reasons.

According to the UFC, welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will no longer be able to fight on October 29 at UFC 137 after spraining his knee while training for his title-defense against Carlos Condit. No specifics were given in relation to his recovery time other than to say the knee had been badly sprained and it would likely keep St. Pierre sidelined until early 2012.

“I have trained for over a decade in MMA with the clear goal of becoming the best fighter in the world at my weight class,” Condit explained in a public statement after learning his fight with GSP was off. “I have worked this long to become the UFC Welterweight Champion. I will work a little longer.”

BJ Penn’s bout with Nick Diaz will now serve as the headliner at UFC 137 while Brad Tavares vs. Dustin Jacoby has been bumped up to the main card to fill the vacancy. Other bouts on the PPV portion of the show include Mirko Filipovic vs. Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo.


MMATraining Take: Thanks for the punch in the stomach, news! Like many of you, I was also foaming at the mouth in anticipation of UFC 137 and am saddened to hear the main event is no more. Fortunately Penn vs. Diaz is an excellent fight and has enough starpower to carry the card but it’s still disappointing to see the title-fight get scrapped by an injury so close to the event. This was undoubtedly the last week St. Pierre was training at close full speed and boom – knee gets whacked, fight off. Hopefully he’ll heal up properly and be back sooner than later.

Also, why in the world was Jacoby/Tavares given the PPV rub instead of a bout Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran or Brandon Vera vs. Eliot Marshall? Zero logic behind that decision as far as I’m concerned.