UFC 154 might be scheduled to take place in welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s hometown of Montreal but there’s no doubt the road GSP traveled to get to next weekend’s event has been a long and difficult one. St-Pierre suffered a pair of knee injuries in 2011, the latter being a torn ACL, and nearly saw his Hall of Fame career ended prematurely as a result.

He’s worked his tail off to get back into shape in the year-plus he’s been away from the Octagon and hopes to prove the adversity he’s overcome has been worth it by beating Carlos Condit on November 17.

“What I realized when I got hurt is that the reason why I’m doing this, and I’m successful at this, is because I’m having fun. You should live every day like there’s no tomorrow and that’s why I’m trying to do right now,” said the 22-2 St-Pierre in a recent interview with the UFC documenting his journey from sideliner to headliner. “This whole thing helped me get that fire back and now I’m better than I was before.”

“Rush” hasn’t seen action since a decision win over Jake Shields in April 2011. The victory was his ninth in a row and fifteenth under the UFC banner.

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