- 1 Who is Firas Zahabi?
- 2 How rich is he, as of now? Net Worth and Assets
- 3 Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background
- 4 Career Beginnings
- 5 Rise to Fame as Head Coach
- 6 Appearance and Vital Statistics
- 7 Personal Life: Wife Melissa Gendron, Children, Residence
- 8 Hobbies and Favorites
- 9 Who is His Younger Brother? Aiemann Zahabi Short Wiki/Bio
Who is Firas Zahabi?
Firas Zahabi was born on 5 February 1980 under the sign of Aquarius, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is a 39-year-old mixed martial artist, fitness coach and gym trainer, and entrepreneur, but is probably best recognized as the older brother of famous professional MMA and UFC fighter Aiemann Zahabi.
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How rich is he, as of now? Net Worth and Assets
Firas Zahabi’s net worth is over $650,000; earned from the sports industry through his successful involvement in mixed martial arts since 2012.
Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background
Firas Zahabi was raised in Quebec by his parents; they come from Beirut, Lebanon, but immigrated to Canada before Firas was born and settled down in Montreal. His nationality is Canadian, while his ethnicity is Middle Eastern White, since he is of Lebanese ancestry. Firas belongs by birth to the Muslim religion. He has a younger brother named Aiemann Zahabi, who has reached worldwide fame as a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter. Upon matriculation, Firas enrolled into Concordia University in Montreal, from which he graduated with a BA degree in Philosophy.
In his early years, Firas Zahabi was only interested in playing American Football, and he played for various amateur teams in his hometown. However, in 1998 he moved his focus to martial arts, particularly jiu-jitsu, after watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and being inspired by Royce Gracie. He eventually started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under the coach Angelo Exeherako in 2000, and after only six months of training, earned his blue belt.
— Firas Zahabi (@Firas_Zahabi) October 12, 2016
Soon afterwards Angelo had to quit his coaching career, so Firas was invited to replace him at the mixed martial arts training center TriStar Gym, located in Le Triangle Borough in Montreal. He accepted the job and started pursuing career as a head coach and trainer.
Rise to Fame as Head Coach
In 2007, professional Canadian kickboxer and actor Conrad Plas, who was the founder and owner of the gym, decided to hand over the business to Firas. During the same year, he became the coach of George Saint Pierre, a professional UFC welterweight champion.
Four years later, Firas achieved his black belt under John Danaher. Moreover, he became the trainer of such famous professional MMA and UFC champions as Miguel Torres, Rory MacDonald, and Denis Kang. Furthermore, Firas founded the brand ‘timtam.tech’, which offers various fitness and recovery tools.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Firas Zahabi has short dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m), while his weight is approximately 170lbs (78kgs). Firas’ vital statistics are 40-30-35, and his biceps size is around 15ins. His shoe size is 9 (US).
Personal Life: Wife Melissa Gendron, Children, Residence
Firas Zahabi is now married to his longtime girlfriend Melissa Gendron, and the couple has three children – two sons named Ayman Zahabi and Noah Zahabi, and a daughter, named Alissa Dean Zahabi. The family currently resides in Montreal.
Hobbies and Favorites
In his spare time, Firas enjoys traveling and gyming. His dream holiday destination is Spain.
Additional to his career, Firas’ favorite mixed martial artist is Conor McGregor, while his favorite professional boxer is Muhammad Ali. His favorite actor and actress are Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lawrence.
Who is His Younger Brother? Aiemann Zahabi Short Wiki/Bio
Aiemann Zahabi was born on the 19th November 1987 under the sign of Scorpio, in Laval, Quebec, Canada and is a professional mixed martial artist, who competes for the UFC’s bantamweight division. He is married to Sylva Mouralian and they have twin daughters.
In November of 2012, Aiemann Zahabi turned professional when he debuted in the match against Kyle Vivian, defeating him via submission in the first round at Slamm 1, which was followed by his victory over Phillip Deschambeault via submission in the first round at MMA Fight Night 1 in March of 2014. Before he joined the UFC, Aiemann had five more victories at such events as Hybrid Pro Series 2, RMMA-Rivals MMA 1, and Prestige FC 2, among others.
Aiemann Zahabi eventually joined the UFC in February of 2016, when he made his debut in a fight against Reginaldo Vieira, defeating him via unanimous decision after three rounds at the UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne event held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Later that year, he fought against Ricardo Ramos at UFC 217 and was defeated via KO in the third round, in an event held in New York City. Most recently, Aiemann lost to Vince Morales via unanimous decision in the third round at the UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy event, which took place in May of 2019 in Ottawa.