Firas Zahabi is the head trainer for UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Zahabi, who watched GSP rehab from knee surgery first-hand, didn’t feel as if his fighter was ready to return this November.
However, a full-sparring session changed Zahabi’s mind. GSP is set to face Carlos Condit to unify the UFC titles at UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit in Montreal this November.
“I told Georges, ‘Let’s do one last sparring. Let’s see where you’re at in sparring.’ And he did great,” said Zahabi, in a recent interview with Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show. “He went all his rounds. He went with every UFC fighter. He looked fantastic. I would have preferred, obviously, if he could have waited a little longer (to return). He looked fantastic, and we said, ‘Look, you’re ready. Let’s do it.”
St-Pierre has been off for over a year due to issues with his knees, as he last defended his belt against Jake Shields in early 2011. Condit claimed the interim title by scoring a decision over Nick Diaz.