Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Firas Zahabi explains the GSP/Diaz hand wrap scenario.
Speaking via MMAFighting.com, Zahabi said:
“I was outside, when Tri Star fighter Mike Ricci was fighting. So right when I came in, I saw Jake Shields waiting at the door, so I said hello to him. I didn’t know what he doing there, and when I walked into the room they were like ‘hey, they’re not letting us, they’re interrupting us.’ I was more than happy, but they told me they already did come in and check the hand wraps, so I said, you know what, not more than that, because it will never end.”
“Then it will be checking his cup. Then it will be checking his shorts, then, what else, we’re warming up here, you don’t have infinite time to warm up. We’re going to go through a routine, we’re not going to be interrupted, the commission came in and said ‘please do check it again.’ The referee came in and checked the gloves and I said ‘you know what, bring NASA, if someone from the NASA office is out there, bring them in and let them check anybody who wants to check anything, you can have the hand wraps after the fight. You can have the gloves, send them to any laboratory you want, bring VADA in here right after, before, during, after.’ But I don’t want them to call the shots. I don’t want them to tell me when we’re warming up and when we’re not warming up.”
“He was annoyed, I won’t lie. But then the annoyance turned to laughter. We kind of started making fun of the whole situation. We’re kind of laughing at the whole dialogue. Both of them don’t understand each other. Both of them crack jokes and make fun of them, what a crazy fiasco it all was. We kind of tried to lighten up the mood. At the end of the day, it was just that they both didn’t understand what the other was saying. It’s just a mind-boggling conversation, one guy’s talking street and the other French Canadian English you need a really unique interpreter to explain it all, it’s incredible.”
“Georges is a very forgiving guy, he lets it go, He’s one of those guys who, he doesn’t like to hold a grudge, he doesn’t like negativity. Even if Nick called him names after the fight, Georges is the kind of guy who, he has a tremendous respect for anyone get in there and made it that far. Georges had respect for everybody. If you’re going to make it that far, it wasn’t easy getting there, and Georges has a lot of respect for the guy who trains that far hard and gets that far.”