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Dana White Says GSP Could Return This Summer; Jon Jones Hints At April Return In Atlanta

Georges St. Pierre could be back in action a lot sooner than anyone expected, says UFC president Dana White.

Dana told FUEL TV’s Ariel Helwani last night that GSP’s rehab “could not be going better” and thinks he’ll be ready to go “sooner than doctors anticpated.”

“GSP’s rehab could not be going better,” White said. “He was texting me pictures of him kicking, doing everything. … I think he’s going to be back sooner than doctors anticipated.”

It sounds like wishful thinking to me considering the nature of the injury. The last thing GSP wants to do is rush things when he’s recovering from a torn ACL. Furthermore, St. Pierre told Inside MMA just last week that he won’t be ready to fight until November.

Regardless of when he returns though, GSP really hopes Nick Diaz is the fighter standing across from him when he does get back in the Octagon.

“He says, ‘I am praying every night when I go to bed that Nick Diaz wins this fight,'” White said. “I have never seen Georges St. Pierre hate somebody. He hates Nick Diaz. I’ve never seen him so motivated to fight somebody and to beat somebody like Nick Diaz.”

While we’re still a ways away from seeing St. Pierre back in the Octagon, it’s looking like we could see UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones back in action before the start of the summer. Jones hinted during last night’s UFC on FX 1 post-fight show that he could headline UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta. As we’ve already covered ad nauseam, Jones will likely end up facing either Rashad Evans or Dan Henderson, depending on the outcome of Evans’ headlining bout against Phil Davis next weekend at UFC on FOX 2.

Check out Dana White’s full interview with Ariel Helwani below.

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