After receiving much flack for not finishing Dan Hardy at UFC 111, welterweight king Georges St-Pierre has decided to do something about it. Following his second consecutive lopsided unanimous decision victory, GSP believes famed boxing coach Freddie Roach will help him recapture his mojo.
“I’m going to [Los Angeles] to train with Freddie Roach and it’s going to be very interesting,” St-Pierre told “The Jim Rome Show” Thursday morning while boarding a plane destined for LakerLand. “I’m going to learn a lot of stuff.”
Although MMA’s baddest 170-pounder tried valiantly to supply the spectacular finish fans were anticipating, GSP was unable to end the gritty Brit’s night early – something he knows he must do moving forward if he’s to go down as the sport’s G.O.A.T.
“Expectations are always very high, but you can’t always win by knockout or submission,” St-Pierre said of his abbreviated highlight reel collection. “I came very close [a few times], but sometimes it’s very hard.”
The 29-year-old is currently enjoying a seven fight-winning streak and holds a dominant 20-2 mark overall. Despite his impressive resume, the haters have poured it on pretty thick because of the “conservative” fighter he’s morphed into after getting slapped silly by Matt Serra at UFC 69 in April 2007 – arguably the biggest upset in MMA history.
“I don’t agree,” the champ said of the backlash. “I fight smart and I’m not going to take chances if I don’t have to. If I know I am going to win doing something, then I am going to do it. My goal is to win and take my opponent out and that’s what I try to do in every fight.
“I prefer knockout or submission, of course.”
Enter Freddie Roach stage-left. The legendary boxing coach – who has tutored the likes of Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao – started training former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski a few years back. Although Arlovski’s hands have appeared much improved, he’s dropped three straight contests and was separated from his senses in two of them.
Roach has also worked with UFC greats Tito Ortiz, Anderson Silva and BJ Penn in the past, however he was particularly anxious to get his mitts on the welterweight stud.
“I’d like to work with him because he’s a talented guy,” Roach told HDNet’s Ron Kruck last month. “He’s a very intelligent fighter. ”
St-Pierre will put his title on the line against Josh Koscheck after the two complete their assignments as opposing coaches on the 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The popular reality show will make its season debut on September 12th on Spike TV.