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Trainer Firas Zahabi Will Move Yves Jabouin to Lower Weight Class

Written on May 05, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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"The size disadvantage has caused Yves Jabouin to have difficulty in winning, so I have to move him into to his proper weight class" --- Firas Zahabi, Head Trainer for Yves Jabouin

After a three consecutive loss in the UFC, Yves Jabouin’s head trainer – Firas Zahabi – decided to move him to a lower weight class from 145 pounds. to 135 pounds. The trainer also said that he and the fighter already talked about it.

Firas Zahabi insisted that Yves Jabouin has met bigger opponents before. He believes that the fighter gave size advantage in his fight against Pablo Garza, who is much taller, bigger and heavier than him. In their previous fight, Yves Jabouin has dominated Pablo Garza in the early rounds through his speed and leg kicks. But Pablo Garza, who obviously has a height advantage over him and with his BJJ skills, was able to choke the smaller fighter during the later minutes of the fight.

Yves Jabouin has made his first MMA career in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) that eventually put him to UFC after the two said organization merged. Will a new weight bring the striker any good?

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Firas Zahabi: GSP vs Nick Diaz May Be Next

Written on May 03, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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GSP vs Nick Diaz might be next? What about the Silva vs GSP Superfight?

After last Saturday’s UFC 129 event, Firas Zahabi – George St-Pierre’s trainer – announced that the fighter’s left eye will be okay. He even believes that a champion vs champion match may be in GSP’s future, as UFC welterweight champion may face Strikeforce’s Nick Diaz next.

However, there are talks already coming out that GSP might move up to middleweight and challenge Anderson Silva, should he beat Jake Shields. Firas Zahabi, on the other hand, said that it wouldn’t be that fast for George St-Pierre to move up — though he wouldn’t rule it out.

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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, Jake Shields, gears up for UFC 129 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 – Firas Zahabi – said that experience under the spotlight counts for a UFC 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.

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