After receiving much flack for not finishing Dan Hardy at UFC 111, welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre enlisted the services of Freddie Roach to help him recapture his mojo. Although Josh Koscheck accused St-Pierre of wasting his money, the legendary boxing coach believes his influence on GSP will prove to be the difference at UFC 124.
“The thing with Georges, he needs to loosen up a little bit,” Roach told FightHubTV.com. “He is a little bit stiff. So I got him to be a little more elusive, more head movement and he did really well. He really improved quite a bit.”
Although Roach only worked with MMA’s most dominant ground fighter for a handful of days, he says St-Pierre picked up more than enough information from their time together. In fact, the glove guru did plenty of homework on Koscheck before he took the squared-circle with St-Pierre.
“If Koscheck jumps in from far away, I taught [Georges] how to not pull away from that and beat that on the counter with a punch,” Roach confidently said. “I told him, ‘I think you’ll knock him out with a left hook in that fight.’
“I hope it happens because we’ve set up a great plan for when Koscheck jumps in.”
Zoiks! We know Roach is fairly new to St-Pierre’s inner circle, but the king is notorious for keeping his strategies under lock and key. His pre-fight answers have become so vanilla and repetitive, it’s as though he’s playing a tape recorder while respectfully discussing his next victim.
Did Roach just accidentally leak some top secret info?
“I can make the public because [Koscheck] can’t stop from doing that, because it’s one of his habits,” Roach matter-of-factly stated.
UFC 124 will be jumping off December 11th inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.