BOXING Corridor of Fame coach Freddie Roach has made a change to UFC and can nook his first match for Georges St-Pierre’s return struggle.
The Canadian could have Roach on his aspect when he faces Michael Bisping on November four for the UFC middleweight title at New York’s Maddison Sq. Backyard.
The legendary boxing coach is the enduring coach of Manny Pacquiao serving to the Filipino to stardom over the previous 15 years in addition to the likes of Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
He’ll now hone his expertise with St-Pierre and defined that whereas the extremely anticipated UFC bout shall be completely different for him, it’s nonetheless only a contact sport.
He advised ESPN: “This is likely to be somewhat completely different to boxing, however it’s fight sports activities and I understand how to struggle.
“I was a wrestler in highschool. I used to be by no means an amazing wrestler however I’ve an concept on it and watching it throughout camp has given me a greater concept.”
Roach has been flying between Los Angeles and Montreal weekly to be concerned within the former welterweight champions preparations.
Whereas the 57-year-old admits it’s a demanding schedule – with a number of lively boxers nonetheless below his wing additionally – he explains he has a promise from GSP to see via.
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Roach mentioned: “I’ve by no means been an elite MMA coach, however Georges made me a promise I’d work his nook and I’m holding as much as that.
Come struggle night time when he finds himself in St-Pierre’s nook, Roach says he’s ready to offer greater than boxing recommendation and insists he will not make the identical errors because the folks round Ronda Rousey when she was advised to field in her struggle in opposition to Amanda Nunes.
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“Everyone in the corner is real friendly with one another and I will give the best information I can in there on fight night, and it won’t be strictly boxing.”
Roach added: “Believe me, we’re not going to be like Ronda Rousey, where someone told her she was a good boxer when she was winning every fight of her life on the ground.
“I’m not going to lie to my fighter. We’ve been working on everything and will take advantage of everything.”
St-Pierre will return next week after a four-year absence, but has been coy on his plans beyond that.
He stated that contractually he must defend his UFC middleweight title if he defeats Bisping, if he loses he also commented he will walk away.
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