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Florian Heads North to Prepare for BJ Penn


(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.)

From TheFightNetwork

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. 

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Ouch! That hurts- February 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm
I agree that Penn should train with a big time camp. But we all know his ego won't that happen.
kRiS-tYaHn- February 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm
DR: I used to think the same about "The Heat" (hated his ass) but he was going through alot of personal shit & having panic attacks and so on... dont get me wrong I am not condoning what he has done in the past but hes a completely diff person & hopefully fighter. He was seing (dunno if he still is) a psychologist & other people to help him with his "demons", though I will give him credit when Hughes was talking shit about GSP & Hughes said the reason y he wanted to fight GSP with oly 1 month to train is b/c he knows GSP like to have 10-14 weeks of training, so Hughes assumed that fighting GSP on 30 days notice was going to give him a huge advantage & well we know what happend there, Hughes taps out lol. BUT Karo was saying Hughes was laughing when GSP lost to Serra b/c Hughes wanted absolutely nothing to do with GSP & Karo was talking shit about Hughes "picking up 4 GSP". Even after Karo lost to GSP 4 yrs ago, Karo always respected & never said much shit about GSP, that was b4 they were friends, so props to Karo 4 that, I would love to see Karo fight Hughes & pound the fuck out of him.

Hopefully Karo is the new person they are giving him credit for, alot less hot headed & alot less cocky, time will tell i guess, hopefully he keeps it up. I dont see how he wont become a better person/fighter, especially since he will b training with GSP, Jardine, Florian, Cang, Loiseau, Rashad, Cerone, Nate the Great etc etc Alot of very very skilled fighters who all share one very important trait which is being HUMBLE/Repectful to ur trainers, family & friends, also to ur oponents.
kRiS-tYaHn- February 10, 2009 at 11:57 am
Machete for hands : I believe this fight will be in June!!!
kRiS-tYaHn- February 10, 2009 at 11:26 am
That comment about me laughing was towards.....ImNotImpressed & Dynamite!!!
kRiS-tYaHn- February 10, 2009 at 11:21 am
LOL LMFAO I literaly laughed out loud when I read ur post!! hahaha ohh my ribs are hurting. Florian will shock the world, with the help of the best P4P fighter in the world!!! GO GSP GO

P.S so glad GSP is doing whatever he can to assure BJ to lose & when they fight again GSP VS BJ 3 GSP will not let it go as long as it did in the 2nd fight!!!
Dr.- February 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm
@ Ozone:

I agree with the nickname but think Joe "J-Lo" Lauzon is worse.
Dr.- February 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm
I agree with Annon... Fuck Karo, that guy is a stain. Always thinks he's too good. Then has some shit to say about GSP. Fuck him.
Dr.- February 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm
Gonna take a lot of Rock-walking to erase Baby-bitch-Jay's broken shell of confidence. I've tried to like Kenny for the longest time but I just haven't been able to. That being said, I hope Ken-Flo takes this one and makes BJ rethink his training regime. Seeing that Kenny has decided to seek GSP's camp to prepare makes me happy.

Hellbow the fuck out of that coconut head.
Anonymous- February 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm
AHHH! please FUCK perisian!! Don't train that douche!! as ive said before fuck him and his midget cousin!! this will do nothing but tarnish the good Canadian name on the sport of MMA !!I like to see Ken-Flo there for the obvious reasons but FUCK THE HEAT!!
Predator- February 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm
Hey BJ Penn! Go to an Extreme Couture, training with Randy Couture. Or go to Black House, training with Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Meohfumado- February 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm
Does this mean KenFlo is gonna start nipple-twisting during pre-fight?
Ozone - February 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm
i think one of bj's bigger mistakes against gsp was not acknowledging nor preparing for the progession and evolution of gsp's overall game from the last time they had fought...kenflo (god i hate that nickname) has made a similar strong progression over the last few years and if bj just thinks his talent will carry him and doesnt do his homework he may be in for another loss for i feel kenny will be soundly prepared with a good gameplan
aly- February 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm
I wouldn't call him unstoppable, I mean c'mon who was his competition, Pulver? washed up, knocked out by someone with the awful nickname j-lau, Stevenson? who lost to pelligrino and was dismantled by florian quicker than he was BJ ?Sherk? who barely finishes anyone and decided to box with his midget arms? I'm not saying he's not a great fighter, but he's kinda been handed easy fights who let's be honest we all knew he would beat. BJ's the type that has to be motivated to perform well. Is there anything he would really be proving by beating kenny? Cuz if he wins it's like duh he's supposed to beat him and kenny doesn't have the name of say a hughes, st.pierre, sherk(cuz of steroids) and if he loses his career is done.

My prediction is penn will take the fight, 4 weeks before go on vacay to kona, and 10 days before have his brother call the lawyer to write a letter to the ufc resigning his belt because it's not fair that kenny would "endanger his life and career" by training with a "greaser" lmfao.
aly- February 9, 2009 at 12:19 pm
I think most who have fought BJ have realized that the way to beat him is to break his momentum in round one. If he gets off first, and you allow him to suck you into where he wants the fight to be, he usually performs well. If kenny can impose his will first, even cut him, or cast some type of doubt in his mind, BJ will begin to fade and eventually fold. I've noticed in his losses that if someone turns the tides on him ex. pulver, hughes, gsp, he tends to give up. Gsp was great proof, break his will mentally and he's yours for the taking.
Machete for hands- February 9, 2009 at 11:50 am
@NeW jErSeY-nEw JeRsEy

not to mention that running. that aint shit. does anyone know when this fight will take place?
NeW jErSeY-nEw JeRsEy- February 9, 2009 at 10:37 am
Kenny is SUCH A BAD MATCH-UP for BJ. Really, Ken-Flo is motivated like nobody else about fighting, training, learning, strength and conditioning. For a small guy, he's packed on a lot of muscle and is pretty damn smart. Cool as a cucumber in the cage too. And with GSP's team (and training partners) at his side. Wow.

BJ desperatly needs to leave the comforts of home and train in a rough, grimey, tough gym full of mean, skinny, hungry fighters and nasty coaches. BJ needs to get himself prepared properly and stop all the damn swimming.
CanadianBuddha- February 9, 2009 at 10:07 am
IMO BJ has had his will broken by GSP, the damage has been done, BJ should have stayed at 155 and taken care of business....
Florian will beat BJ, he continually evolves and has shown the skills and the intelligence to beat Penn...
Uncle Sams Misguided Child (USMC)- February 9, 2009 at 9:52 am
I think BJ had no business fighting at 170 GSP is just too big for him and thats that. I liken it to Fedor taking on Rashad Evans. I used to be a really big BJ Penn fan but after all of the no backing shit talk I was on the fence. Then BJ ran up and pushed me off the fence by "accepting" a rematch with Georges. BJ full well knows that the fight will not happen but said it only to save face. Thats like when you get into a fight in a bar kick a guys ass and then he talks shit after the cops arrive and there is no chance for a second ass whipping.
Babalu- February 9, 2009 at 9:42 am
If Ken wants to beat off BJ, he better bring a lot of lube!
amad- February 9, 2009 at 9:03 am
@ England rules:
your right about BJ and a 6 pack, but its him drinking 6 packs that's gonna cost him another match, and this time is title. I like BJ, and on paper he's a top 3-4 PFP'er, if and IF he is properly motivated. If he fights the way he did when he won his title, he will prob. submit kenflo at the beginning of round 2
ample- February 9, 2009 at 9:03 am
I want KenFlo to whoop Penns ass but if Penn is in shape like he was for sean serk i dont know how it can be done. Penn's pretty much unstoppable at 155.

Kenn's got the right idea training with GSP and them folks at Tristar. It will be a really really good fight none the less and ill be rooting for Kenny.
jarhead- February 9, 2009 at 9:00 am
I would love to see Kenflo win, but I agree that B.J. will be back with a big chip on his shoulder.
Fedor a million ankles- February 9, 2009 at 8:51 am
After 5+ months of training at tri-star, Kenny will be an unstopple BJ Penn killing machine.

Kenny Florian and GSP are like best friends now. I don't think either of them is going to lose for quite some time.
Kenny Florian- February 9, 2009 at 8:49 am
I'm not impressed by your performance.
CanProduce- February 9, 2009 at 8:41 am
I second Old Bald's comments......
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