After witnessing UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre run through BJ Penn at UFC 94, fellow 170-pound fighter Karo Parisyan and top UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian have decided to join the Tri-Star gym in hopes of soaking up everything that the Montreal-based camp has to offer.
Not only did GSP’s dominating performance help put Tri-Star on the map, but the added exposure that it received on the “UFC Primetime” shows that preceded the highly anticipated rematch certainly helped as well.
Head trainer Firas Zahabi confirmed that both Parisyan and Florian would be joining their ever-growing talented pool of fighters, which currently includes David Loiseau, Denis Kang and Jonathan Goulet, as well as GSP.
This was a natural move for Parisyan, as he already trains part-time with St-Pierre at Jackson Submission Fighting. Because of GSP’s connections to both camps, Tri-Star has become a northern extension of the successful team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Florian, on the other hand, will still be training with Team Sityodtong, however has reached out to Zahabi and Tri-Star strength and condition coach Jonathan Chaimberg to make sure that he is as prepared for Penn as St-Pierre was.
The Bostonian will be getting the next crack at Penn’s UFC lightweight title.