Roach: GSP Should Go Back To Welterweight
Following his victory over Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre’s future is unknown. If Freddie Roach, who coached GSP at UFC 217 had his way, GSP would drop down to Welterweight.
“I think I would like to go to the lower weight division, back to the weight that he’s more comfortable with and more used to…But the thing is, that might not be available at this point. We do need to work that out with the promoter. One thing about UFC, usually what they say goes. Conor McGregor wants to be the boss now, wants to be the promoter or co-promoter, from what I’ve read about him and so forth. But he does have the contract and I’m sure he has to follow it like everyone else.”
While on The MMA Hour, Roach believes that GSP got tired in the second round due to the extra 15 pounds he was carrying around to fight at middleweight.
“He’s not used to carrying that much weight. I think it did kick in a little bit quicker than usual. Again, we’ll work everything out and all get together and discuss what’s the best move next for Georges.”
Roach claims to be in with St-Pierre for the long haul, and says that the entire team will be getting together to figure out what is the best step forward heading into his next fight.
“I want to just map out everything…I think we all need to get together as a team and make that decision as a team decision. I’m not the only one there and I want to see what everyone else thinks and so forth, what their thought patterns are on it. There’s always pluses and minuses, negotiation. We have to work this out with Dana, of course. The promoters themselves. I won’t make that decision myself. I need a little help with the other guys, I need to get their input also. Georges’ input is the most important to me, though.”
Roach was very pleased with GSP’s performance on the feet. In the second round, Roach said he noticed that Bisping was countering St-Pierre’s excellent overhand right with a right hand of his own.
“We weren’t supposed to be the better boxer than Bisping… He was supposed to be a better boxer than we are, but Georges proved that to be wrong in the first round. He outboxed him really, really well and the overhand right was working really, really well.”