Firas Zahabi: Georges St. Pierre’s Training Camps Not Sustainable
Trainer Firas Zahabi has been with Georges St. Pierre for years.
He knows how hard the UFC welterweight champion works, and in a recent interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Cheap Seats” show, Zahabi explained why GSP’s preparation can’t be sustained for several more years of competition.
The trainer also discussed the use of the jab in MMA and more.
On whether St. Pierre is less likely than other champs to be fighting when he’s 35: “I think so because his training camps are not sustainable forever. His training camps are very difficult. I’ve done a lot of training camps. I could tell you the energy, time and money and hours spent doing a GSP training camp is ridiculous. It’s borderline insane. There’s a lot of effort going into preparing him for his fights. Can he live this lifestyle for another four or five years? I don’t know. Because it’s not a balanced lifestyle. It’s not a balanced lifestyle for him.
“He’s giving up a lot of free time and leisure time and experiences he could be having in life to maintain his title, to maintain this excellence. It’s a difficult thing to do. He’s going to have to make that choice one fight at a time. Does he want to go through another training camp? Right now at this time, yes, for sure. There’s no doubt in my mind he wants to do another one, but down the line, two or three more training camps, is he still going to want to do it? That’s up to him. Does he still have the fire and the passion? We’ll see.”
Despite Twitter Announcement, Melvin Guillard Not Returning to Train at Jackson's MMA
Despite rumors to the contrary, Melvin Guillard will not be returning to train at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts.
The UFC lightweight recently announced via Twitter that he has left the Blackzilians and has rejoined the Albuquerque, N.M.-based team.
“I’m no longer a Blackzilian. I went back to where I belong [at] Jackson’s,” Guillard wrote.
However, a source close to the situation confirmed to Sherdog.com on Monday that the fighter known as “The Young Assassin” will not be granted access to train with the renowned camp, which he once called home for more than a year and a half. Jackson’s MMA currently houses a bevy of 155-pound talent, from “Fight of the Night” staple Donald Cerrone to up-and-coming Russian prospect Rustam Khabilov. Guillard, meanwhile, has lost four of his last five fights.
“Until it presents a problem as far as my coaching goes, then I’ll deal with it when it comes,” Guillard told Sherdog.com in 2011. “I’m my own boss; my coaches work for me, so it’s whatever I choose that I want to do to be successful in this game. I’m going to take those options.”
Melvin Guillard exits the Blackzilians and rejoins Greg Jackson in New Mexico
UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard has decided to exit the Blackzilians and return to his former team under the tutelage of coach Greg Jackson.
Guillard, who had been working with the Florida-based team since the second half of 2011, announced via Twitter that he was leaving the training camp to go back to New Mexico.
The former Ultimate Fighter season 2 cast member first began working with Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in 2009 after bouncing around several different teams since his first fights all the way back in 2002.
Lavar Johnson released
This news is sort of old but I couldn't find a thread on the PG.
So I guess Matt Riddles statement of "Dana doesn't fire exciting fighters" doesn't hold true.
Farewell Lavar! Your brutal uppercut KO's of Pat Barry & Joey Beltran will forever be in my heart!
Riddle vs. Young, two title fights set for Legacy FC 21 on July 19 in Houston
Twelve-time UFC veteran Matt Riddle (7-3) makes his Legacy Fighting Championship debut on July 19 when he faces Artenas Young (9-5) at Legacy FC 21.
The event takes place at Houston's Arena Theater, and the night's main cards airs on AXS TV.
The booking was revealed on Friday's new edition of AXS TV's "Inside MMA." Additionally, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned the evening will also feature a pair of title fights, as William "Bubba" Bush (5-2) faces Larry Crowe (6-2) for the promotion's vacant middleweight title and Angel Huerta (6-1) competes for the vacant Legacy FC featherweight belt against the winner of an April 12 bout between Matt Hobar (6-1) and Nelson Salas (4-0).
First UFC Loss Behind Him, Junior dos Santos Focused on Mark Hunt and Regaining Title
There’s an old saying in fight sports that goes something to the effect of: it’s not the wins in your career that define you; it’s the losses.
For former UFC heavyweight championJunior dos Santos, his dose of MMA reality came at the hands of Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 in December of last year. Since suffering his first defeat in the vaunted Octagon, dos Santos has had time to reflect on the stinging defeat to the Mexican-American bruiser, do some much needed soul searching, and refocus on his ultimate objective.
WSOF VP: 'Show is 100% on'
Ariel Helwani reports that World Series of Fighting VP Ali Dominance is insisting that "the show is 100% on" despite reports that the NJ commission has not approved the cage & canvas.
RFA 7 results: Thatch taps Rhodes in first, Njokuani upset
Facing late replacement Mike Rhodes (4-1) in a 175-poud catchweight fight, Colorado native Brando Thatch (9-1) brought his hometown crowd to its feet with a first-round submission win.
The bout served as the main event of Friday's Resurrection Fighting Alliance 7 event, which took pace at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The evening's main card aired on AXS TV...
Cella vs. Troeng official for UFC on FUEL TV 9, card complete with 13 fights
The 13-bout lineup for next month's "UFC on FUEL TV 9: Gustafsson vs. Mousasi" event is now complete with the official addition of a welterweight fight between "The Ultimate Fighter 17" cast members Adam Cella (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Tor Troeng (15-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
The bout was first reported earlier this month, and UFC officials recently confirmed the contest for the evening's preliminary card. While "TUF 17" is still currently airing, Cella and Troeng each suffered knockout losses in the tournament...