UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is only 31 years old and seems poised for an extended run in the ring as one of MMA’s all-time greats. Of course, things are not always what they seem, and in the opinion of St-Pierre’s longtime trainer and close confidant, Firas Zahabi, GSP may not be around as long as people are expecting.
Specifically, Zahabi is concerned about the amount of time and energy St-Pierre puts into his camps, feeling as though he could burn out mentally and physically if he doesn’t slow himself down.
“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,” said Zahabi to Sherdog Radio, questioning St-Pierre’s ability to keep moving forward at full speed. “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 continued. “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.”
St-Pierre is coming off a grueling year-long rehab for a torn ACL followed up by tough tilts against Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz. His next bout is expected to take place at some point in late summer where he’ll face hard-hitting grappler Johny Hendricks in hopes of retaining his title for the ninth straight time.
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