One of the world’s leading MMA fighters, UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre is set to train with legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach.
GSP, who currently holds a record of 20-2 and is currently seven fights undefeated in the octagon. He’s widely considered to be one of the most well-rounded fighters in the sport, but there has been some suggestion that his stand-up game is not quite at the level of his world-class wrestling.
The fact that he’s looking to hone his boxing skills with one of the foremost coaches in the sport suggests that he is now looking to further round out the holes in his game as he continues on his quest to build his legacy.
Back in March on an edition of Inside MMA, Roach discussed his previous involvement with MMA fighters such as Anderson Silva, BJ Penn and Andrei Arlovski, and noted that GSP was a fighter he was interested in working with.
“GSP I’ve never met, but I’d like to work with him though, because he’s a talented guy and he’s a very intelligent fighter.”
It’s possible that those comments paved the way for the meeting between the two.
It’s an interesting development, and after focusing much of his attention on his wrestling in recent fights I’m glad to see that he’s also looking at other aspects of his game as well.
There’s a lot that Roach can teach the Canadian, but at the same time it has to be remembered that he is a boxing coach and has a limited knowledge of mixed martial arts. Therefore it will be up to St.Pierre to use his own judgement to establish what will and won’t work from Roach’s teachings in the octagon.