(Georges St. Pierre and Firas "Take About 20 or 30 Minutes and Go Fuck Yourself" Zahabi drill some standup at Tri-Star. Photo courtesy of DayLife.com.)
Once Georges St-Pierre dismantled B.J. Penn at UFC 94 to retain his welterweight championship, Tri-Star Gym in Montreal, Quebec further cemented its status as one of the top-tier mixed martial arts training schools in the world.
Tri-Star, headed by Firas Zahabi, could be adding a few more fighters to its stable of viable world-class competitors, which currently includes St-Pierre, David Loiseau
, Denis Kang
and Jonathan Goulet
Coming off the heels of an uninspiring split decision win over Dong Hyun Kim
at UFC 94, judo wizard Karo "The Heat" Parisyan will be making his way down to Tri-Star to do some training with conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimberg and head instructor Zahabi.
Also slated to make his way down to the "Beautiful Province" for training is Team Sityodtong member Kenny Florian
, who looks to benefit from a full training camp with Zahabi and St-Pierre before taking on Penn for the lightweight title later this year.
Here’s my theory: GSP was so infuriated by BJ Penn‘s greasing accusations, which stole so much attention from St. Pierre’s historic win, that he’s making it his life’s work to make sure Penn gets crushed by everyone else he faces in the future. It’s not like St. Pierre can completely transfer his gameplan to Florian — that would require Ken-Flo to pack on about 25 pounds of muscle and become an elite-level wrestler in a matter of months — but as he stated after the fight, GSP went into UFC 94 with certain ideas about Penn’s thoracic cage and core strength that turned out to be rather insightful. If Zahabi and GSP can work with Florian on effective ways to assault Penn’s body and pass his guard, maybe he’ll have a snowball’s chance in hell after all. As Penn mentioned on his Facebook page, he hopes to take on Kenny in June.