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Freddie Roach Says GSP’s Boxing is Getting Good; Predicts Left-Hook KO of Koscheck at UFC 124

When Georges St-Pierre enlisted the help of revered boxing coach Freddie Roach, it demonstrated that the UFC welterweight champ is still continuing to work towards shoring up all of the weaknesses in his overall game. Having worked with Canadian Olympic boxers Otis and Howard Grant for most of his MMA career, most would assume that GSP had his boxing covered, but that’s why he’s a UFC champ any we’re all armchair fighters.

Roach, who revealed in the interview above with FightHubTV.com that St-Pierre asked him to be in his corner for his upcoming UFC 124 rematch with Josh Koscheck in Montreal but he had to decline due to commitments with other fighters, says that the French Canadian has all the tools to become a great pugilist.

"He told me that he thought he knew boxing until he met me. He’s improving all the time…His boxing ability is getting a lot better. He’s getting a lot looser. We tried to loosen him up. He’s not so tight like normal and he’s a great student. I show him something and next day, he’s got it pretty much down. I’d say, ‘Georges, how long did you practice that move in the mirror?’ and he’d look at me and say, ‘How did you know?’ ‘Come on,’ I said, ‘Nobody can improve that quickly.’ He’s a great student and a great guy; I wish him the best."


Recalling the first time St-Pierre walked into his protegee, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao’s gym in the Philippines, Roach said that "Rush" demonstrated the same gentlemanly demeanor that he he does in interviews and in person.

"Manny doesn’t watch the UFC quite that much and I don’t know if he’s ever seen Georges fight before. Georges was kind of nervous about coming in the gym. He wouldn’t get out of the car. I walked down and got him and I said, ‘Come on up,’ and he said, ‘No. I don’t want to step on Manny’s time.’ I said, ‘No, no, everything’s cool. He’s met you and so forth.’ So I walked him in and people were going crazy to see Pacquiao and Georges in the same room. Manny was back in the dressing room so I opened the door and introduced them and closed the door and they had like a half hour conversation. They both came out smiling, very happy. It was really good. Georges is such a good respectful person, he didn’t want to take Manny’s time, so we made it both their time. It was great. He’s a true gentleman."

As far as St-Pierre’s chances against Koscheck, Roach says that he sees him utilizing his hands to put away the cocky wrestler.

"The thing with Georges is he needs to loosen up a little bit and to be a little more fluid. He’s very strong of course, but he was a little bit stiff. I got him more loose, more elusive and [got him using] more head movement and he did very well. He really improved quite a bit. Koscheck jumps in from far away and I taught him how to not pull away from that and counter with a punch and I told him, ‘I think you’ll knock him out with that left hook in that fight.’ I hope it happens because we set up a great plan for the way Koscheck jumps in. I can make that public because he can’t stop doing it. It’s one of his habits."

Roach also revealed that he will likely become a regular fixture of St-Pierre’s training camps in the future.

"Yes. They want me to go to Montreal and they want me to corner him in some of his fights. If I can make someone a better fighter, I don’t care what sport it is — I respect all sports — but if I can make someone a better fighter, if it’s MMA or UFC or Manny Pacquiao, it doesn’t matter to me. That’s what I live for."

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The Oracle of MMA- December 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm
St, Pierre vs. Koscheck .... St. Pierre by domination

St. Pierre vs. A. Silva .... St. Pierre by decision

St. Pierre vs. Velasquez .... St. Pierre by growing impossibly powerful due to the absorption of millions of fans chi, or some other strange oriental force.

St. Pierre is an awesome MMA force.

It's just too bad lay and pray doesn't look as cool as a KO
Mofo- December 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm
Fraggle is gonna have parkinsons after this fight.
corner- December 2, 2010 at 12:26 am
Did he just call them the "Fajitas brothers" ?
Smitty- December 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm
Freddie Roach is amazing. It's a shame that he's in the beginning stages of parkinsons. Alot of fighters could benefit from his knowledge, and it's messed up that it will all be cut short. That being said, this is the best thing, and the last piece of the puzzle to making GSP one of the best of all time. Even if he was to lose this fight (which he won't), him working with Roach in the future is going to get him away from the label of being a lay and pray fighter. Can you imagine
GSP knockin niggas out?
SgT.SauceD- December 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm
I didn't realize that tapping due to strikes in one of over 20 professional fights constitutes a "history of tapping due to strikes" It's not like it's a god damn sonnen-triangle kryptonite...
Turd Furgeson- December 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm
@LOKI

You might just be the smartest man on all of CP. Say you're a Palhares fan, and I might fall in love.
RSparrow- December 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm
James Toney
El Guapo- December 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm
I would've just let it be after he said "I truly believe Koscheck will win this fight". But that's just me, playa. How can you reason, let alone win an argument with, somebody who believes that?

LOKI- December 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Jose Aldo, Jon Jones, Cain Velasquez....oh wait...you said 1.
831 Father- December 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm
They rioted and burned cop cars over a Canadiens playoff series win...in the first round.

Bigslick- December 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm
excuses excuses excuses excuses Loki. Georges won the fight and he will win the fight next Saturday. BJ wanted the fight and i'm sure Georges could have cared less. Since his loss against matt serra.. to now.. he is the most improved fighter there is. Name one fighter that comes close to the progress and shear dominance he has inside the cage that mirrors St.Pierre?
RSparrow- December 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm
If we get St. Pierre to start knocking people out, THAT'S gonna be exciting. That's what I expect out of the champions, not these decisions anymore.

Good points Loki and RWilson, but I think St. Pierre is an intelligent enough fighter to understand that an overhand right could take the belt away.

This is simply to add tools to the arsenal, he's too smart to go in there and just try to box. Imagine how fucking crazy these canadiens are going to get if Kos gets knocked out.

LOKI- December 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Dosent count, corner through the towel, Georges was greased, BJ is a natural LW, didnt need to be able to stand to get top-contol-specialed.
RwilsonR- December 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm
^^^ BJ Penn. That fucker could barely stand, and would have been KO'd or subbed if he didnt quit first. That should be a finish by any standard.
RwilsonR- December 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm
I think one of the problems I have had with Roach is that he doesn't quite understand the differences between boxing and striking in MMA. He can teach great boxing fundamentals, but a lot of that leaves you vulnerable in MMA. Someone like Arlovski actually did develop great hands, but forgot that he was an MMA fighter. Hopefully GSP won't make the same mistake, and given his track record with picking up new techniques he won't. He is better at mixing techniques than any fighter on the planet, so hopefully he can absorb this into his arsenal without thinking that he is a straight boxer.

Still... something about the way Roach was telling him not to back away when Koscheck comes in makes me worry that if GSP steps forward in that situation, Kos will put him on his back. Kos is still an amazing wrestler, and with all of his "clever" talk about wanting to stand with GSP, I'm pretty sure Kos is going to continue with the all-wrestling gameplan he had against Daley. I know GSP out-wrestled him the first time around, but that was a surprise to swing-for-the-fences Kos, and he will be ready for it this time around.
LOKI- December 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Thats a bold statement seeing as how Georges is the one who has a history of tapping to strikes.

And really other than Manny in the dressing room, who was the last dude that GSP finished?
LOKI- December 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm
Highlights from Freddie Roach interview:

'When I first met Georges he was very stiff and tight.'

'Manny and George were alone in a dressing room for about half an hour, after which they both came out smilling.'

'Now Georges is much more loose.'

Freddie also said Arlovski would KO Fedor; and that dogs cant look up. All kidding aside I truely believe Koscheck will win this fight, especially if Georges tries to stand.

And enough already with the extream close-ups! Its already wierd enough that he wears the same glasses as Eva Angelina.
Goat- December 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm
GSP is going to make Kos tap, either to strikes or to a sub.
El Guapo- December 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm
Jorges Santo-Pierre via dominacion..

Not sure how exactly, but considering he's better than Fraggle at everything except overhand rights(doubt GSP ever gets caught with one of those again), it'll be a dominating "puh-fo-mahnce".
danomite- December 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm
I think every interview I've read with anybody who's ever trained Georges says the same exact thing: They teach him something and he has it mastered by the next day. Maybe that has something to do with why he's so good. And they all say he's very respectful too.

that article about him in UFC magazine with Brittany Palmer and dat ass was pretty good. They guy was in his locker room before the hardy fight and talked about how nervous he would get.
831 Father- December 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Followed by a rant and a few f-bombs by Dana and Greg Jackson pulling out his stats sheet on Sunday.
MorningwoodII- December 1, 2010 at 11:58 am
I redict a takedown or 6 and a lot of laying and praying. Perhaps some sloppy BJJ and a decision victory for GSP.
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