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Tearful St-Pierre targets Super Bowl weekend

ESPN staff
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Georges St-Pierre's return to the Octagon could now happen on Super Bowl weekend after the UFC welterweight champion revealed he expects to be back by February.

St-Pierre addressed the media on Wednesday evening about the injury that forced him to withdraw from his title collision with Carlos Condit. UFC 137 is now headlined by BJ Penn v Nick Diaz.

The Canadian damaged a medial knee ligament whilst taking part in a shoot boxing session, with a two-month layoff the initial prediction. St-Pierre confirmed he expects to be back by the end of January, although February is looking more likely with Super Bowl weekend a possibility on February 5.

"I would say maybe end of January, possibly the beginning of February [for my return]…Super Bowl, around this time," St-Pierre said.

"The recovery I want to do it well, I don't want to do it too fast. Because now I had an injury and I tried to train on it and maybe made it a little bit worse. I need a good four weeks to do my physio and do it right."

St-Pierre confessed that he shed a tear when reality struck that he would have to pull out of the October 29 title collision. But he is determined to ensure he returns at the very peak of his powers to defeat Condit.

"I'm not going to lie, I cried yesterday," St-Pierre told SportsNets. "I had a ton of pressure falling off my shoulders, because for the last few days I was in the mindset that I was nervous for the fight. I was excited for the fight but I was also nervous to know if I was going to be able to fight.

"I knew [the injury] was bad but I thought I had the chance to be 100 per cent the night of the fight if I trained light and conserved myself, but the reality was I was not able to recover fast enough," St-Pierre said. "I want to fight him when I'm at my best."

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