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Monday, 03/25/2013, 09:40 am

Firas Zahabi: St. Pierre’s Training Camp Unsustainable | UFC NEWS


Firas Zahabi, long time trainer of welterweight champ George St. Pierre, talked with about GSP’s future in the sport. He shares some interesting thoughts on how GSP’s demanding training camps are taking an effect on his body.

On whether St. Pierre is less likely than other champs to be fighting when he’s 35: “I think so because his training camps are not sustainable forever. His training camps are very difficult. I’ve done a lot of training camps. I could tell you the energy, time and money and hours spent doing a GSP training camp is ridiculous. It’s borderline insane. There’s a lot of effort going into preparing him for his fights. Can he live this lifestyle for another four or five years? I don’t know. Because it’s not a balanced lifestyle. It’s not a balanced lifestyle for him.

“He’s giving up a lot of free time and leisure time and experiences he could be having in life to maintain his title, to maintain this excellence. It’s a difficult thing to do. He’s going to have to make that choice one fight at a time. Does he want to go through another training camp? Right now at this time, yes, for sure. There’s no doubt in my mind he wants to do another one, but down the line, two or three more training camps, is he still going to want to do it? That’s up to him. Does he still have the fire and the passion? We’ll see.”

On the idea of St. Pierre cleaning out the welterweight division: “They always say that. They’ve been saying that since the B.J. Penn fight at UFC 94. ‘There’s nobody else, there’s nobody else.’ There’s always a guy that pops up. Jake Ellenberger looked great, and then there’s going to be another guy. There’s Demian Maia. Demian Maia’s on a win streak. There’s always an up-and-comer. You can’t forget that every time there’s a show, the deck gets shuffled. That’s why I don’t really believe there’s nobody else. Look at Robbie Lawler, for instance. He had a tremendous win. Very impressive win. That guy can hit you with one punch and it’s over. Same thing with Jake Ellenberger, same thing with [Johny] Hendricks.

“There are so many studs out there. Tomorrow, when you run out of them, the next day you’ll find a new guy with a great performance, like Erick Silva, for instance. I’m sure he’s going to go on a winning streak. He just lost to Jon Fitch. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins three, four fights in a row. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. It wouldn’t shock me the least bit, and he could become a No. 1 contender. There’s always going to be another guy. There’s too many good guys out there. I think it’s a myth that the division can be cleaned out.”

With an injured achilles tendon soon after his ACL tear, it will be interesting to see if St. Pierre re-strategizes his training camps in order to avoid further injuries.


23 Responses to “Firas Zahabi: St. Pierre’s Training Camp Unsustainable | UFC NEWS”

  1. magoo says:

    It’s amazing how GSP dominates every #1 contender he faces, he’s only lost 2/47 rounds fought to the judges since regaining his title from Serra. Love em or hate em there’s no denying his training and dedication are second to none!

    • UFC 84 Forever says:

      Brilliant statement; absolutely the truth.

      No champion has dominated anywhere as close to Georges, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want the cold hard facts of it all, GSP has fought the more quality opponents consistently, always having consistent performances, and has always remained on top.

      It might not be as exciting as Anderson Silva, but Anderson hasn’t remained consistent in his performances the same way Georges has, though his fights to the average fan are far more exciting.

      But that’s just my opinion, regardless Magoo is right.

  2. 757 says:

    Magoo you are correct!! very true

  3. Ddddddd says:

    I”ll work my ass off the rest of my life but I’ve chosen a passion on the side that doesn’t extract every ounce of tanacity and rediculousnous out of my character. Goerges would be meaner as a trucker. Go ahead attack me

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      Quit holding back. Don’t you know that you need to give ALL of your passion and All of your tenacity and ALL your ridiculousness everyday?? It’s the ONLY way to acquire character! This is a giving universe. If you give all you will be regiven all. If you hold back, more will be taken from you. Do you not remember the message of the talents?

  4. drew says:

    i love how they dont even mention hendrix as a next contender haha they know hendrix is the answer since he wont fight anderson….if gsp has an injury in less then 6 months its because they dont want to fight hendrix and will see if he can beat ellenberger instead

  5. Ddddddd says:

    The funny thing about going back on this is how confusing I can be. Puting my ass on the line in the small amount of time I get too in playing live gigs makes me appreciate other people that will challenge themselves not really sure of the outcome. Somtimes I get groups that rehearse somtimes not
    so I respect someone that can make something happen in the moment when the odds are against them. I used to over rehearse and it made things stringent and I feel Goerges’ performances are void of Goerges at times and more a mathematical equation than expression.

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