Zahabi: GSP went too far, too long


Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's trainer Firas Zahabi appeared recently on MMAJunkie Radio, and discussed why GSP has stepped away from the sport.

“I don’t think he’ll ever stop martial arts,” said Tristar head coach Zahabi. “If he came and told me he was never doing martial arts again, I wouldn’t believe him. I think martial arts has carved a part of his personality; he’s done it from so young. It saved him from bullying; it got him the life he has right now.

“He will always be doing martial arts. Now, he’s doing it for love and passion, and doing it for competition is two different things.”

“I’ve been a part of thousands of training camps. Georges St-Pierre camps are the most extreme. I think he went too far, too long, and mentally, it’s not feasible. You go home, you get ready for the next workout, and then it’s back to the gym the next day. There’s no balance in your life, and it’s going to weigh on you mentally. It’s a never-ending life of discipline and rushing. There’s no time to enjoy life in his lifestyle.

“You do it competitively, you’re going to do it to the point where you hate it. You’re going to do it to the point to where you’ve had enough, and there’s still more work to be done, and you have to do it. When you do it for life and for fun and you’ve had enough, you can go home.”

“I think what Georges did was right. He lives a life of extremes, but you can only do it for a period of time. Nobody’s ever taken it to that extreme. It’s a question of will; you can’t force that on somebody. Georges did it for too long, and he needs a mental break.

“The younger generation can learn from Georges. Do what Georges did if that’s the result you want. Just know, you can’t do that forever.”

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Biggy site profile image  

2/25/14 8:26 PM by Biggy

good thread

1a1 site profile image  

2/25/14 8:00 PM by 1a1

I never realized he fought those three in a one year span...... Crazy

Herman Munster site profile image  

2/25/14 7:50 PM by Herman Munster

Yes, Condit, Diaz, Hendricks in 12 months off complete knee reconstruction. Want a break? Don't even dare ask. You owe the UFC, the fans, and Johny Hendricks a rematch by March mother fucker.

Wasa-B site profile image  

2/25/14 7:42 PM by Wasa-B

Yeah apparently he took more shots in the 3 fights after his surgery (which again, i cant say this enough times but Condit, Diaz and Hendricks all happened within a year of him coming back) than most of all of his other fights or some figure like that. I think his eye site is kinda messed up too so he could have trouble seeing some of the punches coming, he did mention that against Condit and Firas i think mentioned it in the Hendricks fight. Its amazing that guy who learned to walk again after surgery, who was already battle worn and burnt out fought Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks within a year and still beat them all (yes, he could have lost to JH too but it was still close and to still be neck and neck with a guy of JH's caliber and strength at that point in his career is pretty dam hardcore).Im sure GSP would be one of the best training partners, coaches and and mentors for upcoming fighters.

the CREamcatcher site profile image  

2/25/14 7:28 PM by the CREamcatcher

Firas seems like a really good dude and an elite trainer obviously.

notsobigmike site profile image  

2/25/14 7:25 PM by notsobigmike

Yeah, his last few fights, I couldn't believe how easily his opponents seemed to stop his takedowns.He always seemed so explosive and a step ahead of everyone - I couldn't even picture it in my head until I saw it.

Devlin site profile image  

2/25/14 6:30 PM by Devlin

His wrestling lost a step too, glad to see him go out champ.

mancabbage site profile image  

2/25/14 6:25 PM by mancabbage

he lost a lot of speed after the knee injury, he used to be in and out of the pocket so damn fast it was scary, but even so, adapted and still held the belt. He's fought in 3 eras of ww. greatest of all time and a true student of his craft

Foob site profile image  

2/25/14 6:23 PM by Foob

very inspiring. wish him all the best

Nick Diaz Fan site profile image  

2/25/14 6:21 PM by Nick Diaz Fan

Im a diaz fan but i admire gsp, his dedication, hard work and professionalism is unquestionable.


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