The first leg of Georges St. Pierre’s journey back to the Octagon was deemed an overwhelming success by the involved parties after surgery on the UFC welterweight champ’s knee went off yesterday without a hitch.

“My surgery (ACL patellar tendon autograft) was huge success! Ligament very strong. Thanks for support,” wrote St. Pierre via Twitter.

GSP tore his ACL while training for a February 4 title-defense against Nick Diaz, then replaced as a result by Carlos Condit with an interim belt being added into the picture. Assuming his rehabilitation goes as planned St. Pierre is expected to be back in action at some point in 2012 between mid-summer and early fall.

The 30-year old St. Pierre will no doubt be itching to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible having already been sidelined since April while waiting for an October bout that ultimately fell apart due to a smaller injury to his other knee. “Rush” holds an overall record of 22-2 including wins in his last nine fights and is considered to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA.