Coach Firas Zahabi Defends GSP From Michael Bisping’s Ped Allegations

Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) did everything to threw trash on his fellow opponent GSP (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) in the lead-up to the UFC 217 to tear down his reputation. He brought up past stories and controversies to poked holes in his record and accused him of Ped allegations. UFC middleweight champion Bisping said he’d heard stories that convinced him that he used to be a dirty fighter. But it didn’t bother GSP head coach Firas who recently spoke about Bisping’s accusation and deny them. While talking to MMA Junkie:

“About 10 to 20 percent of the population is naturally ripped. Georges just happens to be one of those people. You look at him as he was growing up, he’s just naturally ripped. He’s been tested, he’s volunteered to be tested, and he’s paid out of his own pocket to be tested and for his opponent to be tested.

“He’s never failed one single test. Just because somebody’s lean and extremely competent in fighting doesn’t mean they’re on drugs. That’s the truth.”

Firas put his reputation at stake to defend Georges St-Pierre. He knows why Bisping is skeptical about that. His previous opponents tested positive for a banned substance either before or after the competition, so its ok to have him question anyone. Moreover, he praised Bisping, no doubt he is the best fighter in his weight class for a very long time.

“Bisping was always the best,” he said. “After USADA, we know he’s really the best. They weeded out a lot of possible influences on that category. Is it a coincidence that Bisping is the best after USADA? Is it a coincidence? That’s my question. I don’t think it is. Not just the drugs, but the weight-cut difference. It changed the category. Bisping has now risen to the top, so I really think he’s the best, the best middleweight. Until somebody beats him, he’s the best.”

It’s worth adding that Michael Bisping believes that French-Canadian is now clean. Regardless of what he says or anyone has done, it will be all settled down in one week at UFC 217 as per Coach Firas.

“I think personally the sport is a lot cleaner,” Zahabi said. “That’s just my opinion. I don’t have any hard facts or data or anything like that. I find it’s cleaner, but I still suspect that a lot of guys are still finding ways to work around the system.”

Superfight UFC 217 takes places on November 4, at Madison Square Garden New York.

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