If you haven’t heard of fight camp Tristar in Québec, Canada, you’ll know soon enough. Lead by head instructor Firas Zahabi, the camp features the likes of top elite UFC fighters Georges St-Pierre, Kenny Florian, Miguel Torres and quick up and comers Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson.
“There’s a lot of guys at Tristar that people don’t know” said St-Pierre. “They never hear about it but they’re really good. That’s the thing about Tristar, they have so many diamonds in the rough.”
St-Pierre is not the only fighter to give the fight camp praise as fellow Canadian Rory Macdonald is quick to give head coach Zahabi credit to his success.
“Firas is a super intelligent guy for one said MacDonald. He researches meticulously little tiny aspects of martial arts. He brings it together in a way that I don’t think anyone else is doing right now. It’s going to change the sport”
With huge prospects like Macdonald, Makdessi, and Thomson, St-Pierre’s statement of ‘diamonds in the rough’ couldn’t be a more accurate depiction of his camp. Macdonald considered by many as “GSP 2.0” has proven to grow in leaps and bounds every time we see him in the octagon. Thomson has also been said by St-Pierre as his secret weapon and has proven to be so as he has stands with a perfect 6-0 record including a knockout of the night bonus in his UFC debut against Dan Stitgen at UFC 143. The resurgence of talent from the Canadian camp looks to likely have a second champion shortly as it hits it stride for excellence.