After receiving serious flack for not finishing Dan Hardy at UFC 111, welterweight king Georges St-Pierre enlisted the services of famed boxing coach Freddie Roach to help him recapture his mojo. Top contender Josh Koscheck believes St-Pierre is just burning his money.
“Since GSP got knocked out by little Matt Serra, he’s become this guy who’s afraid to go out there and fight,” Koscheck stated during this week’s media call. “He’s hired Freddie Roach as a boxing coach, and to be honest with you Georges, I think you’re wasting your money and wasting your time because you know that you’re not going to come out there and stand up with me.
“I’m going to have to force you to stand up, because the minute I tag you, you’re going to go in and you’re going to (shoot).”
While most tend to secure their earmuffs when Kos starts speaking, he does have a valid point. Despite GSP’s impressive 20-2 resume, the haters have poured it on pretty thick because of the “conservative” fighter he’s morphed into after getting slapped silly by Serra at UFC 69 in April 2007 – arguably the biggest upset in MMA history.
On the flipside, St-Pierre’s momma didn’t raise no fool. He can compete with anybody in his division on his feet, but nobody in his weight class can hold a candle to him on the canvas. So why take the risk? Especially since he eliminates the only way in which he can lose (Please see: Puncher’s Chance), while minimizing the damage to his globally endorsed face.
Regardless, the 29-year-old is smart enough to understand he needs to keep improving, and humble enough to reach out for help. While Koscheck’s recent attempt to get the king to engage in a shootout will likely fall on deaf ears, the choice to work with the boxing guru was a no-brainer.
“Freddie Roach is great. He’s good (for sparring) too, and for boxing, a great training partner,” GSP stated. “At his gym, I trained boxing with the best guys there. He’s good. He taught me a lot of good stuff, we’ve been sharpening up my boxing.”
Roach’s protégé will showcase his refined skills at UFC 124 on December 11th. Koscheck just wants to know if he’ll be punching from his feet or his back.