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It Begins: GSP Honing His Knuckle-Game With Freddie Roach


(Photo courtesy of Yahoo! Sports)

Of the many things that set UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre apart from his competition, one of the most notable is his willingness to travel great lengths in order to improve elements of his game. While many fighters are content to hang out in one camp, GSP has traveled to Brazil for jiu-jitsu training, spent time learning from the Canadian wrestling team, and regularly leaves his Montreal home base to bang with the all-star team at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque or drill his Muay Thai at the Wat in New York. The latest piece of the puzzle is a familiar one: St. Pierre is now working on his boxing with legendary trainer Freddie Roach, at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. As he told Yahoo! Sports:

“It is time to focus on my boxing. When I get to the other side of my career I don’t want to be one of those fighters who have been hit too many times, so they keep getting knocked out. If you have the opportunity to work with someone like Freddy, you take advantage…I’ve only been here a few days with Freddie and each time I left feeling like I was better.”

GSP plans on spending a week with Roach before taking off to film TUF 12, opposite Josh "Booooooo!" Koscheck. As for Roach, the soft-spoken trainer is beginning to occupy a very unique place in the world of MMA.


Of all the prominent figures in boxing, Freddie Roach has demonstrated the most openly positive attitude when it comes to mixed martial arts. (Though if you can avoid using gay slurs when describing the sport, you’re already ahead of the pack.) Over the past few years, Roach’s students have included BJ Penn, Anderson Silva, Andrei ArlovskiDan Hardy, Tito Ortiz, and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Obviously, training with Roach is no guarantee of success — throwing improvised flying knees negates any advantage you get from him, and you have to be able to keep the fight standing in the first place — but if you’re a fighter and you want to get the most mileage out of your fists, Roach seems to be the guy to go to.

It’s strange…you never hear about any MMA fighters trying to work on their boxing with Roger Mayweather. Is that because training with Roach has become the trendy thing to do, or because other prominent boxing coaches don’t want anything to do with these cage-fighting savages?

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Mr_Misanthropy- May 26, 2010 at 10:31 am
@ Justscrappingitoutinthestreetwithsomerandompendejos

You seem pretty knowledgeable about stuff and things. What's your take on the ankle pick? I see it as an underused basic wrestling technique that maximizes the amount of leverage you can generate to manipulate the central mass of a body. I don't see it used much, and I understand that going all the way to the floor opens up the possibility of getting attacked in the head, but you would have to be sneaky. I see a lot of single leg takedown attempts against the fence where if they just went to the end of the leg and yanked that shit skyward somebody would probably land on their skull. I know from personal experience and just messing around that I have been able to completely invert a grown man's body so that I'm holding his ankle over my head in an instant, usually with unpleasant consequences for the cranial region. I've also senen a few people use it very successfully professionally, but only rarely. ?????
justscrappin- May 26, 2010 at 10:04 am
Whoever said the shoulder roll doesn't work in mma...isn't completely correct. No one has used it yet correctly. You have to look at it like this....the basic fundamentals of grappling and striking is to put yourself in a postion to be able to use your bodies strengths..and core to move the other person or yourself. You get off balance and you have no strength...you let your limbs leave your body and your weak. So the positioning you use in both is similar....you keep your elbows tucked into your body. You would always be leaving your your lead leg at risk of getting kicked, so you would have to get good at checking it...and it's hard to do if you get low to help leverage. You would have to shoulder roll off punches and immediately use foot work to angle yourself for a counter. As long as you keep your elbows in like your supposed to though you would be able to get under and overhooks when they miss their punches. Boxers use a form of clinching off of that...and you could modify it to be used for better grappling clinching as well
Bunnington- May 26, 2010 at 5:24 am
nicey - You cunting peasant.. Go fuck yourself.
Me- May 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm
I don't know if it was said already and I'm too lazy to read comments, but it is worth noting that Stephen Bonner trained at the Mayweather gym prior to his bout with Mark Coleman.
rlh61- May 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm
"And maybe an ice cream stain or two"....nice touch!!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 25, 2010 at 7:06 pm
Fedor is the awesomestest human alive on this putrid planet Earth. He is like a warrior poet of the first order who speaks in a tongue the mass cannot understand and wears a facial expression of the utmost inscrutability. Someday, when your profane and feeble mind is ready for the brilliant illumination of The One True Way, you will see. It will be as if the fog of illusion was snatched away from your typhlotic undiscerning eyes and you will be left gasping in awe at the radiance of purity and truth. And maybe an ice cream stain or two.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm
See now im tempted to goto roach and do some boxing. I wanna be just as kewl as the Fedor fans it's like sitting in the back seat of the short bus.
jizzninja- May 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm
He trains with roach because roach help create a living legend. Why would he even go train with anyone else
Yves Latrine- May 25, 2010 at 6:18 pm
It seems like you'd get more out of Muay Thai training rather than training with a guy who'll teach you to throw hands and neglect everything else.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm
Wow, he's going to be there a whole week! Does he get a fully accredited Freddy Roach black belt when he leaves? It sounds like it takes about as long as it takes to get a California driver's license.
cecils_pupils- May 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Caption: D-D-Drink the w-w-water G-G-G-George.... j-j-just d-d-don't tweak Y-y-Y-y-Y (pause... sigh) yer n-nipples, p-p-please.
Angry Whopper- May 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm
GSP has nothing to worry about from Rosscheck. Maybe some bad breath or something, but little Josh has nothing to threaten Georges with on his feet, on the ground, or anywhere else for that matter.

I'm looking at this like an Anderson Silva fight, as in, how will the champ choose to destroy the challenger? You know, as opposed to "When will this mofo decide to start fighting?!"
The Lizardking05- May 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm
you train with the roacher because he is a bad ass
Koeikan- May 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Roach is the shit.
Promise of Stress- May 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm
"Look no further fella you found him"
rampageisgod- May 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm
"Woogie boogie, neggars, woogie boogie!"
El Guapo- May 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Ahh, yes. Tyrone Biggums, not Bigsby. Damn I miss that show..

"Look here, neggar, if anybody's gonna have sex with my sister it's gonna be ME!"
kxp06001- May 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm
its tyrone biggums. you're thinkin of clayton bigsby, the black white supremacist
"my feet are strong"
tysonmcneely- May 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm
They don't train with Mayweather because the shoulder roll is no good in MMA.
El Guapo- May 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm
And yes, as Kid Clam pointed out, the fact that he beats more women than Cyborg prob'ly has something to do with it as well.
That Guy- May 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm
"Is that because training with Roach has become the trendy thing to do"

Yes. Just like training with Greg Jackson.
Nut Puncher 9000- May 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm
@ghostboner

I read somewhere that Dan Hardy was only an instant away from that KO punch when he got taken down by GSP in Rounds 1-5.

Andrei....BAHAHAHAHAHAHA, isnt his career over?
El Guapo- May 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm
I'm thinking no MMA guys train with Uncle Rodger because he's the Tyrone Bigsby of the boxing world. But that's just me..

"Joe Rogan, I like rocks."
Kid Clam Curtains- May 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm
Nobody wants to train with Roger Mayweather because he's a punchy toothless woman-beating shitheap.
ghostboner- May 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Also, y'all are lucky that flying knee didn't land. If Andrei had been one second sooner we would all be talking about the Glorious Fanged Moufpiece of Absolute Victory, and having a how's taste my big pee pee T shirt design contest. It should have happened.
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