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Firas Zahabi on GSP: He’s Got Things to Deal With, Decisions to Make

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Following Georges St-Pierre’s contentious win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, the longtime UFC Welterweight Champion announced that he would need to hang up the gloves for a little while to sort out issues in his personal life. Although he didn’t say he was retiring for certain, it seems that he’s definitely leaning in that direction.

One of GSP’s fans who doesn’t want him to retire is his trainer, Firas Zahabi. In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with host Ariel Halwani, Zahabi shared his thoughts about St-Pierre’s career, and his title defense against Johny Hendricks.

“I would love to see him fight again,” Zahabi told Helwani. After the bout was finished, Zahabi picked GSP up on his shoulders and paraded around the octagon with the champ, apparently having no doubts in his mind as to who the victor of the fight was.

On the subject of GSP’s personal issues, Zahabi stated no specifics as to what problems the champ had in his life at the moment, but he did support his friend by saying the decision for him to retire or to keep fighting can only be decided by GSP himself.

“Nobody can be in his head,” Zahabi said, referring to GSP. “Nobody can know exactly how he feels, he’s got things to deal with, he’s got to make decisions and that’s up to him.”

Moreover, Zahabi averred that GSP was rightfully awarded the split decision victory.

“I think it came down to the fifth round,” he pointed out. “It was extremely close and Georges pushed it and edged it out. In the fifth round, he was more busy. The first was the closest round of all, but I gave it to Georges. He landed a head kick; he was more offensive.”

Contrary to Zahabi’s opinion, UFC President Dana White said he believes Hendricks won the fight, and he wants to set up a rematch between the two welterweights.