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GSP’s coach Firas Zahabi says Nate Diaz is the 'scariest street fighter in MMA'

Andrew Whitelaw - June 28, 2021

As coach of arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, Firas Zahabi is well-placed to judge what makes a good fighter. In this case, the Canadian heaped praise on the resilience of Nate Diaz. Speaking in a Q&A on the Tristar Gym YouTube channel, Zahabi said,

Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, UFC
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Firas Zahabi believes Conor McGregor "gave up" against Dustin Poirier

Cole Shelton - January 26, 2021

Firas Zahabi thinks when the going gets tough for Conor McGregor he gives up and believes that was the case against Dustin Poirier. In the main event of UFC 257, McGregor made his return to the Octagon to rematch Poirier. Early on in the fight, the Irishman had success and landed a solid shut that stunned Poirier. However, “The Diamond” started to leg kick McGregor and after the Irishman’s leg went “dead” Poirier went up top and knocked him out.

Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Dana White
Dustin Poirier

Firas Zahabi shares a bold prediction for McGregor vs Poirier 2 at UFC 257

Cole Shelton - January 12, 2021

Firas Zahabi expects Conor McGregor to KO Dustin Poirier again. In the main event of UFC 257, McGregor is set to return to the Octagon against Poirier in a very intriguing bout. The first time they met, they fought at featherweight, and the Irishman won by first-round knockout.

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Georges St. Pierre

Firas Zahabi says Georges St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov "deserve their retirement"

Adam D Martin - October 30, 2020

MMA trainer Firas Zahabi says his pupil at Tristar Gym Georges St-Pierre and UFC great Khabib Nurmagomedov “deserve their retirement.” Zahabi has been St-Pierre’s trainer for years at Tristar in Montreal and the coach has spoken openly in the past about a potential superfight between GSP and Nurmagomedov. However, in the wake of Nurmagomedov retiring following his submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, it appears that any possibility of a fight between these two legends has disappeared, at least for the time being. Zahabi agrees with that sentiment.

Georges St-Pierre
Georges St. Pierre

Firas Zahabi jokes about how Georges St-Pierre avoids Alien abduction

Harry Kettle - December 23, 2019

Sometimes in mixed martial arts we can all take ourselves a little bit too seriously — which is why we need a bit of comic relief from time to time. Enter Georges St-Pierre.  St-Pierre happens to be one of the most successful fighters in the history of the sport. The Canadian is a fascinating character with many different traits, many of which are great, and some of which are a little bit odd.

Jorge Masvidal, Conor McGregor
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Firas Zahabi believes Conor McGregor would have a 'tremendously difficult time' with Jorge Masvidal

Cole Shelton - November 6, 2019

Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor have both been open to fighting each other in the future. Yet, TriStar head coach, Firas Zahabi believes that it is a very dangerous fight for the Irishman and a fight he would likely lose. Why he thinks Masvidal would beat McGregor is simple. He believes Masvidal’s size would be the difference and the former two-weight champion would need to connect early. If he doesn’t, the coach believes it would be a long night for McGregor.

Tyron Woodley
Tyron Woodley

Firas Zahabi: Tyron Woodley has added 'a new dimension to his game'

Tom Taylor - October 3, 2019

Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has been putting work at Tristar in Montreal, Quebec. According to the gym’s head coach, Firas Zahabi, Woodley has been making strides. Speaking to MMA Junkie., Zahabi discussed his recent work with Woodley. Apparently, the former champ has been kicking convention and added some new weapons to his arsenal.

Firas Zahabi, Conor McGregor
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Firas Zahabi trashes Conor McGregor: He's a 'pathetic, sorry excuse for a human being'

Adam Martin - August 22, 2019

The head trainer at Tristar Gym, Firas Zahabi, ripped into Conor McGregor for punching an old man at an Irish bar, calling him “an embarrassment to MMA.” A fan asked Zahabi what he thought about the recent McGregor incident, and the long-time trainer of Georges St-Pierre didn’t hold back.

Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway
Max Holloway

Firas Zahabi questions the decision-making of Max Holloway at UFC 236

Cole Shelton - April 22, 2019

Max Holloway was looking to become a two division champion at UFC 236. The featherweight king was moving up in weight to take on 155-pound contender Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight championship. Ultimately, Poirier beat Holloway by unanimous decision to snap the Hawaiian’s 13-fight winning streak. Although Holloway lost, he had some good moments in the fight, but many thought the size discrepancy between he and Poirier played a huge factor. However, MMA coach, Firas Zahabi believes Dustin Poirier simply fought a smarter fight, which resulted in him getting the win.

Jon Fitch
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Coach Firas Zahabi rips 'cheater' Jon Fitch in virulent tirade

Tom Taylor - April 19, 2019

On April 27, in the main event of Bellator 220, Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will attempt to defend his title against former World Series of Fighting champ Jon Fitch in the final, first-round bout of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. Speaking to Robin Black and DAZN ahead of this fight, MacDonald’s coach Firas Zahabi, the main behind Tristar MMA, went off Jon Fitch, calling him a cheater and a coward.

Firas Zahabi, Georges St-Pierre
Georges St. Pierre

Coach not ruling out a Georges St-Pierre return at some point

Drake Riggs - February 25, 2019

At UFC 217 in November 2017, Georges St-Pierre made his return to the Octagon for the first time in four years. When doing so, he made the move up to middleweight as he captured the division’s title by finishing the champion, Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping with a third-round rear-naked choke.

Firas Zahabi, Georges St-Pierre
Georges St. Pierre

Coach Firas Zahabi explains why Georges St-Pierre is 'greatest mixed martial artist of all time'

Tom Taylor - February 22, 2019

Georges St-Pierre has called it a career. The Canadian mixed martial arts legend officially announced his retirement from the sport at a Thursday morning press conference. Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi, who served as St-Pierre’s chief handler, feels the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion ended his career perfectly.

Firas Zahabi, Conor McGregor
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Firas Zahabi responds to Conor McGregor: It was nothing personal

Tom Taylor - January 11, 2019

Earlier this week, Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi shared his belief that, if Conor McGregor were to rematch Max Holloway in 2019, the latter would come out on top. “If I had to pick Max Holloway vs. McGregor today, I would pick Max Holloway,” Zahabi said on his podcast. “I think Holloway has grown leaps and bounds since then. In my opinion, Holloway would out-punch him, outwork him. He would do very much what Diaz did [to Conor McGregor], but more,” he said. “I think McGregor got away with a lot of stuff, like the leg kicks against Diaz, but I don’t think he’ll have that against Holloway.”

Conor McGregor
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Conor McGregor fires back at Firas Zahabi: "Stay ready!"

Christopher Taylor - January 8, 2019

Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor has fired back at Tristar coach Firas Zahabi over his recent comments. The famous coach of UFC star Georges St-Pierre, Zahabi, had recently shared his thoughts on the possible outcome of a rematch between Conor McGregor and current UFC featherweight kingpin Max Holloway.

Conor McGregor, Max Holloway
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Firas Zahabi explains why he'd pick Max Holloway to beat Conor McGregor in rematch

Tom Taylor - January 8, 2019

During a recent Ask Me Anything session on the official Tristar YouTube channel, renowned MMA coach Firas Zahabi was asked for his thoughts on a rematch between former UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. When the pair first met in 2013, McGregor walked away with a unanimous decision victory. If the pair were to rematch in the year 2019, however, Zahabi says he’d pick Holloway to come out on top — potentially even by stoppage.

Georges St-Pierre, Dan Hardy
Georges St. Pierre

Firas Zahabi says Georges St-Pierre likely had a concussion when he fought Dan Hardy

Tom Taylor - June 22, 2018

According to Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is likely to have sustained a concussion just two weeks out from his battle with Dan Hardy. Zahabi believes St-Pierre sustained this injury in a sparring session. Worried that ending this sparring session could diminish St-Pierre’s confidence, however, Zahabi allowed it continue — with a stipulation. He explained on a recent appearance on the JRE MMA Show.

Georges St-Pierre Conor McGregor
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Coach Firas Zahabi explains why he is all for Conor McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre

Russell Ess - December 26, 2017

Would a Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre matchup be the biggest fight in UFC history? It would certainly make for an interesting match of styles and with both fighter’s star power, it would definitely make for some massive numbers. St-Pierre’s longtime Tristar Gym coach Firas Zahabi spoke with Express Sport recently on the matchup that he says he has been interested in this fight for St-Pierre for some time.

Firas Zahabi
Firas Zahabi

Firas Zahabi defends Edmond Tarverdyan

bjpenndotcom - January 7, 2017

Following the first professional loss of Ronda Rousey’s career at UFC 193 to Holly Holm in 2015, Ronda Rousey‘s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, was the subject of much criticism. While Rousey lost the fight, many blamed Tarverdyan for giving Rousey a false sense of confidence in her striking prior to stepping into the Octagon with an elite level striker such as Holm. When Rousey returned to the Octagon at UFC 207, many were wondering whether the former champ would step into the Octagon and showcase a new striking skillset. When Rousey ultimately stepped into the Octagon with women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, it took just 48 seconds for Nunes to stop the former champ via strikes. Following the loss to Nunes, Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan once again shouldered the majority of the criticism for the loss as numerous members of the MMA community continued to bash the Glendale Fighting Club head coach.

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