Freddie Roach To Corner GSP At UFC 217
It was expected for Georges St-Pierre to try something a little different when he returns from a four year layoff in November, but no one would have guessed that Freddie Roach would be cornering the Canadian star.
In his first fight at 185 pounds, GSP challenges for Michael Bisping’s UFC middleweight title, but his new coach isn’t concerned with St-Pierre’s prospects at MSG.
“He did really, really well in training camp… I’m going to be heading up to Montreal pretty soon. For six weeks, I’m going to spend 3 days a week in Montreal, and 4 days here… He wants me in the corner. He wants me in the ring, in between rounds, and I said I have no problem… He’s doing really, really well and he is in with a big tough guy, and it should be action-packed. It should be fun. I’m excited, my first UFC fight.”
In regards to Roach’s bread and butter, the stand up game, the famous trainer says that the weight class has helped and not harmed the former welterweight champion.
“We worked on his stand-up game and he’s getting better and better all the time… He’s a little bigger, a little stronger than he has been in the past because this fight is going to be a little higher weight class. So, he has a little more weight on him, and he punches a lot better, a lot more power.”
The biggest concern for St-Pierre according to Roach is first round because Georges tends to be a bit stiff as the fight starts but gets into the groove as the fight goes on. The famous boxing trainer said he will make sure to warm St-Pierre up really well in the moments just before stepping into the Octagon to combat that problem.