It’s been noted that Freddie Roach has been helping Georges St. Pierre prepare for his upcoming return to the UFC Octagon — a middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 this coming Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Bisping has even made mention to it, telling Roach at one UFC 217 press conference that GSP may as well just become a boxer.
Roach will not only just be helping GSP train, however, as the legendary boxing trainer will be in GSP’s corner during the big title fight. Roach said GSP had him promise to do this, and despite the fact this is MMA, Roach says he doesn’t feel any different than he would with any of his boxers and their fights.
“This might be a little different than boxing, but it is combat sports and I know how to fight,” Roach said. “I used to be a wrestler in high school. I was never a great wrestler but I have an idea on it and watching it during camp has given me a better idea. Everyone in the corner is real friendly with one another and I will give the best information I can in there on fight night, and it won’t be strictly boxing.”
Giving his analysis of the fight, Roach says that Bisping may be the bigger of the two men, but he’s also the slower. So, he expects what many may feel is a disadvantage for GSP to end up being something the former UFC welterweight champion can take advantage of. Roach says he’ll make sure to give the best advice to his fighter, making sure they play to his advantages to help him win the title.
“Believe me, we’re not going to be like Ronda Rousey, where someone told her she was a good boxer when she was winning every fight of her life on the ground. I’m not going to lie to my fighter. We’ve been working on everything and will take advantage of everything.”
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