Georges St. Pierre expected to recover

Updated: May 1, 2011, 4:23 PM ET
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre expects to make a full recovery from a poke to his left eye which blurred his vision throughout much of a five-round title fight against Jake Shields in Toronto on Saturday.

Firas Zahabi, Greg Jackson and John Danaher -- trainers who cornered St. Pierre to victory in front of 55,724 fans in the Rogers Centre -- told ESPN.com that St. Pierre was released from the hospital the evening of the fight and, according to doctors, he avoided any retinal damage. St. Pierre, 29, confirmed that news via his official Twitter page on Sunday.

Immediately after the bout, St. Pierre said he lost vision at some point during Round 2. Jackson and Danaher suggested a severe eye poke by Shields caused the damage.

St. Pierre's vision became worse as the fight played out, to the point that he could not see at all out of the eye in the fourth and fifth rounds, Danaher said.

Jackson texted that he was "proud" of St. Pierre "for fighting one- eyed."

Danaher, also by text, said St. Pierre "cannot see out of it yet."

The trainers said it will be 5-10 days before St. Pierre's vision clears and bleeding in the eye, which Danaher called "heavy," will subside.

St. Pierre, the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA according to ESPN.com, intended to travel to Manhattan and train with Danaher at the Renzo Gracie jiu-jitsu academy on Monday, however he is prohibited from training for two weeks.

"Doctors said if he trains it will worsen the bleeding inside the eye," said Danaher, St. Pierre's Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor of more than 10 years. "He will resume training when normalcy returns."

The unanimous decision victory pushed St. Pierre's record to 22-2 and marked his ninth consecutive victory, including six UFC title defenses.

Josh Gross covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com.

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