Archive: Firas Zahabi

Oct 20, 2014 3:51 pm

QUICK TWITT | GSP Returns To Training

Former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre was cleared last week to resume training after tearing his ACL. The former champ is taking advantage of his medical clearance, and is already back in the gym training. Check it out: First day back in training @GeorgesStPierre looked awesome. pic.twitter.com/J2zzJmIUL0 — Firas Zahabi (@Firas_Zahabi) October 20, 2014

Sep 11, 2014 1:43 pm

Dana White: ‘GSP will get immediate title shot upon return’

“It would be tough to deny that GSP comes right back and doesn’t fight for the title, you know what I mean?” White told UFC.com in his weekly interview. “GSP can do whatever he wants. If he wants to come back and fight for the title, or if he wants a fight before that –...

Sep 10, 2014 1:33 pm

Coach: ‘GSP has plenty of competitive juice left in him’

“It’s looking way better than the first time. We just finished training and were talking about how his quadriceps got back to size so much faster this time around. No two ACL injuries are the same. We’re learning that. “Right now, every time I talk to him, we never talk about his comeback. I’m being...

Jun 15, 2014 11:30 am

Firas Zahabi: ‘GSP Motivated For Return, Rory Deserves Title Shot

“I think [GSP will return]. I think there’s a lot of fire left in him. Especially since he got injured, he’s more motivated than ever. He’s was just about to start sparring again before he got injured. I think there’s a lot of martial arts left in him.” GSP head coach, Firas Zahabi, discussed the...


Apr 14, 2014 6:10 pm

Zahabi: Surgery Could Motivate Return For GSP

Firas Zahabi has been in Georges St. Pierre’s corner, literally and figuratively, for a long time. Zahabi, the head trainer at Montreal’s Tristar Gym, has been tight with GSP for many, many years and he gave MMAJunkie the inside skinny on the latest in the world of GSP. Zahabi said he has been in contact...

Mar 7, 2014 11:30 am

Zahabi on GSP: I Hope In The End He Finds What Makes Him Happy

Last week on Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, Georges St. Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi sat down to talk about what he felt may happen with the former welterweight champion what he hoped would come out of his abrupt departure. When asked about Georges’ interest in fighting, or in other activities, Zahabi said, “I think the...

Dec 17, 2013 8:19 am

TriStar coach Firas Zahabi Happy To See ‘GSP Enjoying Life Again’

Georges St-Pierre hasn’t been the same. Not in a long time. Most hardcore fans can see it. Every fight that goes by, GSP seems more and more stressed; more overworked; more on-edge. He’s a perfectionist. Constantly training with the best of the best, in the fields that they excel at. Gymnastics, wrestling, power-lifting, track and...

Dec 17, 2013 7:17 am

Firas Zahabi: GSP Had Mixed Feelings About Future Before Carlos Condit Fight

Although only making a definitive decision this past week, it seems Georges St. Pierre had thoughts of retirement dating back more than a year ago. Firas Zahabi, St. Pierre’s coach out of Tristar gym, went on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” to discuss St. Pierre’s mindset this last year. “I think before the [Johny] Hendricks...

Dec 4, 2013 8:14 pm

Firas Zahabi Defends GSP: ‘He Doesn’t Owe Anybody Anything’

After a hellacious, brutal fight against Johny Hendricks on November 16, Georges St-Pierre retained his welterwight title. However, mere moments after the fight in his post-fight interview, St-Pierre announced his intention to temporarily step away from the sport to resolve personal issues. This statement angered Dana White, to say the least. At the post-fight presser,...

Dec 2, 2013 11:39 am

Firas Zahabi Says St-Pierre’s Return is 50/50

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre announced that he will be taking some time off from the sport of mixed martial arts after his most recent title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.  The announcement left many fans – along with Hendricks and UFC President Dana White – confused and demanding that St-Pierre fight Hendricks...

Nov 25, 2013 10:14 am

Kennedy Thinks Zahabi, Not Greg Jackson, Is Making Fighters Boring

As a UFC and MMA fan, when I read articles or watch videos about certain fighters, I always notice that glowing in the comments sections, are the heavy criticisms about a certain fighters style. Since we are currently in the season of talking about GSP, he can be the first example. If you aren’t a...

Nov 20, 2013 8:03 am

Firas Zahabi Confirms GSP is Healthy

Since UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s bizarre decision to walk away from the sport, rumors and assumptions have been flooding the MMA news cycle. Firas Zahabi, St. Pierre’s head coach and manager, went on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour to discuss the champion, and assured Helwani that St. Pierre was healthy. “Georges’ health is...

Nov 19, 2013 7:56 am

Firas Zahabi Believes Round Five Won The Fight For GSP

Georges St. Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi, the head coach of St. Pierre’s home training center, the Tristar Gym, believes that round five was the deciding factor in St. Pierre’s controversial split decision victory over Johny Hendricks. “Georges was more active in round five,” Zahabi told MMAjunkie. “He got two takedowns and landed more strikes.” “I...

Nov 15, 2013 8:36 am

Dana White Thinks MacDonald Will Leave Tristar To Fight GSP

It has been a recurring theme among MMA fans when they speak of the UFC welterweight division. Will Rory “Ares” MacDonald, training partner of Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, ever fight the long-standing champion if he gets a title shot? St. Pierre and MacDonald have both been adamant in the past that this was an impossibility,...

Nov 15, 2013 7:01 am

Dana White: Georges St. Pierre Has The Bank Account To Retire Comfortably

Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, the long-standing welterweight champion of the UFC, has undoubtedly earned a sizable fortune throughout his mixed martial arts career. Sizable enough, it seems, that Dana White believes that St. Pierre has enough money to retire after his fight against Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and live comfortably. Rumors have been circulating throughout...

Apr 4, 2013 8:46 am

VIDEO | Fightland Visits Tristar Gym

Go behind the scenes of coach Firas Zahabi’s legendary Tristar Gym in Montreal, home to UFC champion George St. Pierre, blue-chip prospect Rory MacDonald, and MMA hopefuls like James Polodna and Kajan Johnson.

Apr 1, 2013 11:37 am

Zahabi: If GSP Fights Silva It Will Likely Be His Last

“If he fights Hendricks, I think (GSP) could fight for longer. He could have more fights after that. If he fights Anderson Silva, I could really see that being his last fight. He’ll retire after that because there won’t be a bigger fight for him to do, I think, anymore in his career.” “Win or...

Mar 25, 2013 9:40 am

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

  Firas Zahabi, long time trainer of welterweight champ George St. Pierre, talked with Sherdog.com 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:...

Mar 20, 2013 10:00 am

Firas Zahabi Comments On GSP Hand Wrap Controversy | UFC NEWS

“I was outside when Mike Ricci was fighting. So, right when I came in, I saw Jake Shields waiting at the door, so I said hello to him. I didn’t know what he was doing there, and when I walked into the room they were like ‘Hey, they’re not letting us, they’re interrupting the warm-up.’...

Feb 3, 2013 11:09 am

Anthony Pettis & Two Others Join BJPenn.Com Radio Tonight

  Tonight on BJPenn.Com Radio hosts Mitch Ciccarelli and Bryan Levick will discuss this past Saturday night’s UFC 156 event that produced a major upset and some exciting finishes. Joining Bryan and Mitch will be MFC Lightweight championship contender Mukai Maromo, UFC Featherweight Ivan Menjivar, UFC Light Heavyweight Ryan Jimmo, 19-year-old bantamweight Sergio Pettis and...

Jan 10, 2013 10:02 am

Exclusive: Firas Zahabi Invites BJ Penn to Come Train at Tri-Star

  There’s never been any love lost between BJ Penn and Tri-Star Gym. From BJ’s battles with current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre to his last go round in the Octagon with Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 this past December. BJ even mentioned to us on BJPenn.Com Radio in November that one...

Jan 7, 2013 7:03 am

This Wednesday on BJPenn.Com Radio: Rory MacDonald, Mike Ricci and Firas Zahabi

  This week on BJPenn.Com Radio hosts Mitch Ciccarelli and Bryan Levick will welcome good friends and training partners Mike Ricci and Rory MacDonald to the show along with their head coach at Tri-Star Gym, Firas Zahabi. Also joining us will be Alchemist Management Chairman Jeff Aronson and President Lex McMahon. This Wednesday night will...

Dec 5, 2012 10:50 am

Abel Trujillo Added to Tonight’s Stacked BJPenn.Com Radio Show

  With less than one week left before BJ Penn returns to the Octagon hosts Bryan Levick & Mitch Ciccarelli welcome five fantastic guest to the show on Wednesday night. Kyle Kingsbury will kick things off and with his engaging personality and great sense of humor our listeners are sure to be entertained. The 30-year-old...