Coach Firas Zahabi Said: I Don’t Believe Ring Rust Is An Issue For Georges St Pierre At UFC 217

Former UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre is returning to the octagon after the hiatus of four years from sports.

UFC 217 is on this Saturday, where GSP (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) is taking a shot at middleweight belt against Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) in the main headliner.

Most of the MMA fans are confident that GSP is as meticulous as ever, while some believe he might get affected by ring rust. But coach Firas said ring rust wouldn’t be an issue, who knows ex-champ GSP’s strengths and weaknesses. Via MMAjunkie

“If he had a limited amount of experience I believe it could be a major issue,” Zahabi told MMAjunkie. “But again, he’s been competing since he was 6, 7 years old. For him, it’s like riding a bike. I don’t believe ring rust is an issue in this fight, in this particular fight.”

Bisping is coming off from a promising run of his career withhold, by defeating the ex-champ, Anderson Silva, and Luke Rockhold. But GSP is advantageous in functional muscle and endurance and believes his smaller frame may serve to outpace Michael Bisping.

“When you fight with somebody who’s bigger than you, there’s a few techniques, movements and strategies that have to be eliminated off the table,” Zahabi said. “Because if a person is bigger than you, the chances of those strategies and techniques working are far less. So when you fight somebody bigger, you have less tools.

“However, I’m a believer that the smaller guys have the superiority in movement. You can move around move efficiently and use that to your advantage.”

Coach also said this fight would serve one main purpose to pound and ground Michael Bisping until he submits. If GSP navigates his disadvantages and remains dominant throughout the bout, no one can stop him.

“I think it cements him as the greatest fighter or all time,” he said. “The greatest fighter of all time. All the other candidates had USADA issues.”


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