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Morning Report: Firas Zahabi says 'it's 50/50' whether or not Georges St-Pierre returns to MMA

Eshter Lin, MMA Fighting

Speaking with media in Toronto last week, Tristar head trainer Firas Zahabi sounded less optimistic about the return of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

"I don't know. It's 50/50 and I don't think [St-Pierre] knows either," Zahabi tells Sportsnet. "I think if he ends it this way, it was good. He ended up with Fight of the Night. An incredible seesaw battle. He showed heart, he showed guts, he showed he's a fighter."

In arguably the toughest test of his UFC career, St-Pierre narrowly won a five-round decision many fans and pundits had awarded the challenger, Johny Hendricks. Following the controversial scoring, UFC president Dana White believed St-Pierre won only one of the five championship rounds.

"I was most surprised [White] saw a landslide," says Zahabi in a second interview. "I didn't see a landslide. Nobody saw a landslide. You look at the polls on the internet, 10% more people gave the fight to Georges than to Johny. There's a lot of opinions out there. Dana White, I respect him a lot, is one opinion. It definitely wasn't a blowout, as he said."

"It's one man's opinion. It's an important opinion, but for me, I'm very comfortable to say Georges won that fight."

Reenforcing talk of his fighter being burned out by the grind, Zahabi says he's only interested in a rematch with Hendricks if St-Pierre is.

"He has 22 fights in the UFC, alone. That's a lot of training camps. That's a lot of years of sacrifice. He can't go out. He can't do this [or that]. He can't have a wife and kids. He can't have a steady girlfriend. He can't have anything normal in his life. He's living a very unbalanced life. How long does he want to do that for? He's 32. When is he going to start living his life? At 40? It's a hard decision for him to make and he's got a lot of things going on in his life. He has to decide what he wants to do. Nobody can decide for him."

To Zahabi, it's not a matter of St-Pierre's ability, but whether or not he still has the drive to compete at the highest level.

"I tell him, it's about motivation. Do you have the motivation to do this again? If yes, and you want to put your life on the back burner and do another camp, lets do it. If you don't have the motivation to do it, don't do it. You're just going to go out there and get hurt. You're going to cut corners and be miserable and you're going to go out there and you're going to get hurt."



Bad Reputation. Chuck Mindenhall explains why UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey didn't do herself or the UFC any favors with her on-camera work Saturday night.

Next for Diaz. Fresh off putting away Gray Maynard, Nate Diaz jokes that he might sit on the sidelines waiting to luck into a title shot.

Pena on Ronda. As soon as Rousey was off set, Julianna Pena wasn't shy about her feelings toward the champ. "It's her arrogance. It's the way she holds herself, like her s--t don't stink."

Moving East. Former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren has joined Evolve MMA in Singapore, Asia's premier camp.

A history. Akira Corassani calls Maximo Blanco a repeat offender after TUF 18's disqualification from an illegal knee. "Listen, I don't want to be disrespectful or anything, but he has done this before, this is not the first time, he does this all the time." Blanco went on to apologize for the strike later that night. "I remember landing two or three punches, and took him down. Then, I think I thought about throwing a left kick to the leg for a moment, but stopped, then, just a moment later, when I thought Akira was up, I unleashed a knee instead. I was only thinking about finishing the fight early,"




TUF 18 Finale Post-Fight Press Conference.


Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate together at the TUF 18 Finale.

And the big one.


Post-fight with Nate Diaz.


Frankie Edgar vs. Phillipe Nover at Grapple at the Garden.


Andrei Arlovski vs Andreas Kraniotakes Fight Nights - Battle on Nyamiha.


Eric Kelly vs. Jianbo Lu at URCC24.

(via Bloody Elbow)


Rousey training partner Marina Shafir becomes Tuff-N-Uff women's featherweight champion.


Kevin Belingon vs. Thanh Vu at ONE FC 8.



As always, make sure to check out our 'Pros react' piece for their take on the TUF 18 Finale.


Victory lap.

I'll call this a win.


Get well soon.




There's more but this sums it up.


More on Askren's move.


Remembering Paul Walker.


Enemy of my enemy?




Worth 1,000 words.



Announced this holiday weekend (Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 2013)

Cyrille Diabate vs. Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night London

Jesse Ronson vs. Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night 36

Jake Ellenberger out, Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night 34

Luiz Dutra meets Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 34

cancelled Hacran Dias vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at UFC Fight Night 34

cancelled Alex Caceres vs Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night 33



Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via leriksson.

WMMA December Preview - Week 1 - Invicta FC 7 IT'S ON!!! + Holly Holm!

December Edition

Dec. 6 - Fresquez Productions: Havoc

135lbs Bantamweight

#19 Holly Holm vs. Angela Hayes

Holly Holm is quickly becoming "must see TV." Holm aka The Preacher's Daughter has victimized all 5 of her opponents via beautiful, technical strikes. She faces perhaps the most submission savvy opponent of her career, but we should see the continued streak of flawless violence. The thought of Holly Holm and Miriam Nakamoto getting it on has me salivating into my briefs.


Dec. 7 - Invicta FC 7 (airs on and TV PPV check your local listings)

Instead of a long write up for each fight, I'm just gonna say a few words for each fight. But, don' t get me wrong, this card is absolutely worth your money and time ESPECIALLY if you're one of the people that buys most UFC cards... this is the best of the best of Women's MMA, I compare Invicta events to the FOXSPORTS1 debut card, where UFC stacked it from top to bottom. This is the least amount of fights Invicta's had for an event, but I think 13 fights on a card was unrealistic. I'm perfectly fine if this is just an anomaly, though. Plus, it's a great chance to check out some of the TOP strawweights that you'll be seeing in the UFC next yeat.


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