Firas Zahabi takes a look at the upcoming UFC heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane.
One of the most successful MMA gyms in the world is Tristar in Canada. The gym is home to many former and current UFC fighters, most notably former champion Georges St-Pierre. The head coach for this amazing gym is Firas Zahabi. He continues to mold some of the best fighters in the world and is taking a look at the upcoming UFC heavyweight title fight.
Zahabi has worked with Jon Jones in the past and had very nice things to say about him. He thinks he will fare well against Ciryl Gane but knows that the heavyweight division is a dangerous one.
Firas Zahabi is picking Jon Jones to win but knows that Ciryl Gane is a dangerous foe
Zahabi knows what most people know, that Jones is one of the best fighters of all time. He has worked with some of the best and explained in a recent YouTube video what exactly sets Jones apart from the rest.
“I’m picking Jon Jones to win but this is a very difficult fight, this is the most difficult fights he’s ever had in his career,” he said. “Jon Jones is also something else, he has a freakish reach and he has something else he’s also an incredible athlete. His strength, his speed, his stamina, his ability to move, his cardio, his athleticism, his quality of muscle is also incredible. I know a lot of people are going to call me crazy but the striking is going to be very close and even Jon Jones might dominate some of it.”
All the praise for Jones does not shadow the respect he has for Gane. He was complimentary of his career so far and knows that his hands can end a fight at any time.
“Being a heavyweight world champion it’s kind of a strange thing it’s super difficult because the fight is so volatile,” he said. “Heavyweights knock each other out all the time. Statistically, they have the most knockouts, most fights end up via KO, everybody’s got knockout power in your division. For Ciryl to go undefeated in kickboxing and then go all the way up undefeated in UFC and then fight Ngannou, the hardest puncher in UFC history, and not get knocked out tells me.”
Jones vs. Gane will be taking place at UFC 285 on March 4 live from Las Vegas, NV.