Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

Freddie Roach Lists The Top Five Best Boxers in MMA and Talks GSP/Silva [VIDEO]

(That moment when you get hit so hard you shit your pants in front of the whole gym.) 

Having worked with everyone from Manny Pacquiao to Andrei Arlovksi, it’s fair to say that Freddie Roach knows damn near all there is to know about the stand up game.

So when he sat down alongside current WBA (super), WBC, and The Ring super middleweight champion Andre Ward on last night’s edition of Inside MMA, the inevitable question came up: who does he think are the top five best boxers in MMA?

Freddie’s Top Five
5. K.J. Noons - ”K.J. is always in my gym and he’s very dedicated with his work ethic. I just love his tenacity in the ring. He comes to fight and he’s all about action.”

4. Nick DiazNick Diaz is one of the most exciting fighters in the world, today. He’s great with his hands. He gets sidetracked a little bit, like in his last fight, but I think he’ll a great comeback. I’m looking forward to facing him with “GSP” someday, ’cause there’s a lot of talk about that.”

3. B.J. Penn“You know, B.J., he’s one of the best strikers I’ve ever faced, and that I’ve ever been in the ring with. It’s been quite a few years ago, and I think he’s close to retiring right now, but I’d call him the “James Toney of MMA,” because his weight would fluctuate quite a bit. He’ll fight from low weights to heavyweights. He’ll fight anyone in the world. He’s a good guy to be around, and he’s just a hard, hard worker and a great striker.”

2. George St. Pierre“GSP’s one of the greatest guys in the world. He’s a real gentleman and one of the best students I’ve ever had. I asked him, ‘How long did you go home and practice in front of the mirror last night?’ Because if I show him a move, he comes back with it the next day, and you know he practiced all night in front of the mirror. So, I love the guy. He’s a good guy and a hard worker, and that’s what it’s all about it hard work.”

1. Anderson Silva“I had the honor of working with Anderson Silva, when he was in our gym for about five or six days in a row. He told me, ‘I’m pretty good at MMA, but I’m not too goo at boxing.’ He’s just a real humble guy and very talented. He is one of the best guys that really understands distance and timing. He fights off the ropes a little bit. I told him that can be a little bit dangerous sometimes and to be careful, but he’ll suck you in, he’ll set you up, he’s one of the most intelligent fighters I’ve ever seen and have ever worked with.”

While you’re thinking your own lists over, check out part of the interview from last night’s episode, in which Roach and Ward break down the Dana White approved Anderson Silva vs. GSP match, their favorite aspects of MMA other than boxing, and boxing’s current decline, or lack thereof.

-J. Jones

Cagepotato Comments

Showing 1-25 of comments

Sort by : Show hidden comments
2Dogs- March 29, 2012 at 5:04 am
2.Roy Nelson
3.Dos Santos
UFCFightBlogger- March 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm
There is no way GSP is going to beat Anderson Silva at any weight class. GSP is a great fighter but his stand up skills are not on Silva's level. I understand why Roach would back up his guy, but GSP has no chance.

Check out this article about Roach
The12ozCurls- March 28, 2012 at 10:16 am
GSP's hands may be inferior but his takedowns and ground control are damn near second to none. We have seen Silva on his back in the Sonnen fight and save the miracle tiangle, he was getting handled. GSP wins via UD stemming from takedowns and smothering. If it ever happens, it is gonna be boring as shit.
linzhanaj- March 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm
Get Off Me- March 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm
Vitor Belfort...he's got nite nite power in his hands.
skeletor- March 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm
Also, I had no idea Michael J. Fox was such a big MMA fan. This shit is hitting the bigtime.
skeletor- March 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm
1. Jorge Gurgel
2. Royce Gracie
3. Ben Askren
4. Jake Shields
5. Kimbo
Fletch the V Stretch- March 28, 2012 at 6:29 am
hahahaha. Exactly what is that a list of?
Cheeseburger Eddie- March 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm
Arlovski had great boxing, he just had a chin worse than Glass Joe's
The_Dead_Cow- March 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm
@KidClamCurtains; Word, almost as nice as Ronda's
rearnakedchoke- March 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm
4. Nick Diaz
3. Dominick Cruz
2. Frankie Edgar
1. Anderson Silva
Kid Clam Curtains- March 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm
Oh, my WTF is because I posted something and it didn't show up. Anyway, I'm not sure GSP's pure boxing is that great. He has a nice jab but against Shields his hands looked like wet shit. But god damn does he have nice thighs. I'd like to wear those things as ear muffs.
Kid Clam Curtains- March 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm