Georges St-Pierre avslutade den då regerande mellanviktsmästaren Michael Bisping vid helgens UFC 217 och bärgade därmed sin andra UFC-titel i karriären. Segern var dock inte utan sina utmaningar. Enligt St-Pierre så fick Bisping in ett slag i hans nacke tidigt i matchen vilken gjorde att den nykrönte mästaren började se suddigt.
St-Pierre hade följande att säga om sin skada i ett nyligt avsnitt av The MMA Hour:
I had a very bad injury in the back of my head and I didn’t know where it came from. When I rewatched the fight, I’m not 100% sure, but I think it happened in the first round during my first takedown. I was holding Michael Bisping’s legs and he elbowed me but the elbow hit me in a particular spot, which is the basilar region of the back of the head, there’s a little bone attached to the spinal core.
It’s why after the fight I couldn’t even tie up my shoes. My neck couldn’t even move, I had an incredible swelling in one of the muscles on the back of the neck, and during the fight when I was on the ground it was very hard for me to posture up to strike. Even know you look at me, my head goes good this way, but this way I’m restricted a little. It’s a lot better than it was, but it was very painful.
St-Pierre fortsatte sedan sitt utlägg med följande:
When he hit me I saw blurry for a bit. I don’t know if I had a concussion or something. It may have been a concussion. I keep fighting because when it happens, obviously survival instincts kick in. But when you watch the fight, that particular thing, it looked pretty insignificant. But it wasn’t insignificant when I received the shot. It hurt me really bad.”
It’s not the force of the blow, it’s the precision of it. It’s not Michael’s fault, you’re in the heat of the moment, you fight, I probably would have done the same thing, nothing wrong with that.
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