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GSP’s Trainer, Firas Zahabi, Talks UFC 129 Title Fight

Written on April 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Georges is a pressure fighter and so is Jake Shields. The first guy, in my opinion, to show signs of wear from the pressure is going to lose. It remains to be seen who that's going to be." --- Firas Zahabi

While UFC welterweight champion, George St-Pierre, and contender, , gears up for on April 30, they have to balance their training with seemingly endless task for the media and UFC Primetime. Albeit it doesn’t sound much of a factor in training, GSP’s trainer – – said that experience under the spotlight counts for a UFC title fight.

“I can tell you, the first time we had Primetime around it was a lot harder. It was just more stress. Now, it’s the third time we’ve had them around, and we’ve had the Countdown so many times, just various other camera crews in our gym so many times, we’re accustomed to it. Now it doesn’t bother our training camp at all.”

However, Jake Shields is not used with the pre-fight whirlwind. He admitted that he was a little surprised by how crazy things were getting, leading up to his UFC 129 title fight.

But the pressure will really get dialed up once George St -Pierre and Jake Shields steps inside the Octagon. Both fighters break down opponents relentlessly, so someone has to give eventually in the upcoming match.

“Georges is a pressure fighter and so is Jake Shields. The first guy, in my opinion, to show signs of wear from the pressure is going to lose. It remains to be seen who that’s going to be.”

GSP faces a fighter who will bring him the battle in Jake Shields. Hence, UFC 129 will be a matter of who can stay on the attack.

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