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Freddie Roach Will Show GSP the Weaknesses in Anderson’s Standup

Interview starts @ 8:30, but why hurry past Arianny’s cleavage?

With Anderson’s Seagal-inspired KO of Vitor Belfort last week, we are officially halfway toward the long awaited GSP-Silva super fight. Only Jake Shields stands in the way of this epic battle, and since we don’t even want to think about him fucking this up for us, let’s get ahead of ourselves and listen in on renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach as he chats with Joe Rogan about GSP’s progression in boxing and his take on the potential match-up between GSP and Silva.

The trainer of famed pugilists such as Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya has welcomed several notable MMA fighters to train with him in recent years. His latest project is UFC Welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre, and in the video above it’s clear that he played a significant role in the improved hands Georges displayed while taking out Koscheck last December.

“[We] studied tapes. Georges gave me like 4 tapes of Koscheck. His big thing is his big right hand. What beats the right hand? What breaks a right hand up? Double Jab. It’s simple.”

While you can’t deny the results of Roach’s game plan for Koscheck, Anderson’s stand up is vastly superior and will be far more difficult to dissect. But what makes Roach’s analysis so invaluable in this matchup isn’t what he’ll learn by watching tapes of Anderson, it’s what he saw while holding mitts for him. Starting in late 2008, Silva made numerous visits to Roach’s gym to tighten up his hands. Despite those sessions, there’s no question as to where Roach’s loyalty lies:

“Anderson is a better boxer at this point. Georges is getting better. I’m a lot closer to Georges than I am with Anderson at this point. There’s some things that I’ve learned about Anderson that I think I can help Georges with, because I’ve worked with him closely and Anderson is a clever fighter and he’s smart.”

Roach likens this fight to the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout of the MMA-world, which we can only hope means an inter-weight class battle between two all time greats and not a dream bout that’s unlikely to ever take place. He breaks down a subtle element of the fight game which adds an interesting dimension to the tired discussion of Anderson’s striking vs. GSP’s wrestling: distance.

“Georges is stronger physically I think and can rough him up on the inside.  Anderson is more of a technician, knows distance.  Distance is the key to that fight.”

Distance has been a key to both fighters’ success. Anderson’s long limbs, arsenal of kicks, and stellar head movement allow him to strike safely from the outside or stand right in the pocket. On the other side of the equation, Georges credits his background in karate and its lessons in distance for the effectiveness of his takedowns, the fear of which gives him more openings on the feet. Roach knows boxing as well as anyone, and he seems to think he can help Georges exploit a weakness in Anderson’s standup. Now we’ve just got to pray to the MMA gods that we get to see if he’s right.

- Chris Colemon

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Turd Furgeson- February 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm
Palhares would smoke both these fools.
HEY- February 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Arianny looks really good in this episode... REALLY good.
H1Cypher- February 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Am I the only one who noticed that hilarious moment, when Vitors corner is talking to him during the fight "there you go thats exactly what we said.. be that lion now... everything straight down the center.... oh shit"
FuckTheFuckinDiazBrosFuckemAll- February 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm
PLEASE stop with this Silva is soo much bigger then GSP Shit!! GSP already said he wouldn't take the fight till he has put on the proper size to match Silva!! I would imagine this fight would not happen till the new year and I'm sure with that much time and GSPs dedication he would have no issues puttin on the proper weight! AND NO I DONT THINK THAT WOULD MEAN A STRICT HORSEMEAT DIET!!!
Romanhelmut- February 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Rogan looks completely giddy talking to Roach. I think he has a man-crush.

GSP is going to have concentrate on his wrestling not boxing for Anderson. If he thinks he can stand with him it will be a mistake.
Buff Frank Mir- February 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm
@Fried Taco
Roach did help exploit Fedor, Fedor had nothing on Andre! Freddie doesn't teach ill timed flying knees.
I dislike Mike Russel- February 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Has everyone given up leaving only Mike Russel frantically typing on a keyboard somewhere?
Scooby- February 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Anderson silva wud dry hump gsp gsp 2 weak anderson shud fight rampage
ccman- February 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm
I think people forget sonnen was winning the stand up portion as well and that he was a boxer before he dropped and focused on wrestling.. rib excuse or fornula to win is yet to be determined but the one thing for sure is if you let silva get comfortable he will hurt you. Dunno if gsp will toss caution quick enough to force silva into uncomfortable areas.
Steve W.- February 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm
If were the same size, yes. But GSP is much smaller than Sonnen and will have a hard time getting inside that reach without eating something that puts him to sleep.
mate- February 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm
If chael put a hurting on anderson and was 3 minutes away from winning. Shouldn't GSP be the favourite since he's got the wrestling and far superior jiu jitsu and striking than Sonnen?
Joesonscup- February 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm
Crushco....thanks for the heads up Will do I was thinking dumpster... or ditch along the county road...But that is a bit amateur. I love this site
rutherford- February 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm
if he had trained anderson for the sole purpose of finding a weakness for gsp then it would be f'd up... you have to assume he helped anderson work on these weaknesses
HusseinObama- February 12, 2011 at 11:53 am
"neo" is fucking right!
Roach spilling the beans on Anderson after training him is fucked up.
the glza- February 12, 2011 at 11:53 am
yay -- the new system seems to have a really long front page

yay -- no more moderation on the new system?

boo -- f'd up formatting on posts that doesn't have linebreaks for every ENTER
the glza- February 12, 2011 at 11:49 am
nice joeson... real classy.

i thought consensus was that this fight was not what we wanted and that we want silva-jones...

and bs on bigjumpindad:
(Carlos Condit — huge John Cleese fan.)
(“See my to-do list? It say, ‘translate stupid question from plaid-shirted American.’ Now I have done.”)
("They can beat up pretty-boys and clowns, but how will Florian and Griffin do against the featherweight elite?)

that's funny stuff.
CrushCo- February 12, 2011 at 11:48 am
@Joesonscup- Dump her body "somewhere"? Get your shit together, dude. If you don't have a plan, you're as good as caught. Pick up a season of Dexter and take notes.
Joesonscup- February 12, 2011 at 11:41 am
I would so face fuck ariany... other than that I would just dump her body somewhere... the rest of her is garbage.
neo- February 12, 2011 at 11:19 am
Is it just me; or does Freddie Roach telling GSP the holes in Anderson Silva's game - after Silva having trained with Roach - seem kinda fucked up? I mean, isn't there some form of code not to do that?
Kimbos Bread- February 12, 2011 at 11:16 am
I don't care how hot Ariany thinks she is, I just can't stand the bitch anymore.

Looking forward to seeing her replaced.

PS: So the comments section is back to the old school days? Ok, I'm posting as Babalu like I used to.
BigJumpinDad RIP Feb2011- February 12, 2011 at 11:16 am
The old login commenting was the last good thing about this site, it's not funny anymore, It's rare that I even grin reading a caption. This new commenting set up was the worst idea since the cleveland show
Fried Taco- February 12, 2011 at 10:56 am
Hopefully Freddie can help GSP exploits Anderson's weaknesses like he helped Andrei exploit Fedor's weaknesses.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- February 12, 2011 at 10:14 am
Yay... Spam.
Perpatraitor- February 12, 2011 at 10:06 am
Ugh we all known the only chance to beats silva is Nick Diaz. Duh!
edhedicus- February 12, 2011 at 10:05 am
thanks homie!