GSP surgery to be covered by UFC medical insurance

Dana White [R] says that the UFC's medical insurance will cover Georges St. Pierre's knee surgery. (MMA Weekly)

Well, at least he's got that going for him. UFC president Dana White has said that Georges St. Pierre's latest surgery will be covered by the UFC's fighter insurance, even though "Rush" is not actively fighting at this time. The longtime UFC welterweight champion stepped away from MMA competition last year because he needed to recharge.

He continued to work out in the gym and managed to tear the ACL in his right knee. Back in 2011, St. Pierre tore the ACL in his left knee, forcing him out of competition for over a year.

If St. Pierre is to ever return to fighting, he'd have to clear this latest arduous hurdle first. For all the stress and pain this serious knee injury must be causing GSP, at least he won't have to pay for the surgery and rehab out of pocket.

“We have health insurance for the guys,” White told MMAjunkie in a recent interview.

“[St. Pierre's surgery] should be covered even if the contract is frozen. He’s still under contract; he’s still a UFC fighter.”

Representatives for St. Pierre provided confirmation to MMA Junkie that the fighter's surgery will be covered by his UFC medical insurance. White went on to say that he has not spoken with the French Canadian fighter since this latest injury.

White and St. Pierre have appeared to be at odds since St. Pierre's announcement that he was stepping away from fighting. In the past,


“I haven’t spoken to GSP,” White said.

“He blew his ACL, and last time he blew his ACL he was out for a year and two months. So that’s no fun for him.”

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