Freddie Roach to Corner Georges St-Pierre’s Fight at UFC 217

Freddie Roach and Georges St-Pierre
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Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach has been enlisted to be in Georges St-Pierre’s corner next week, when the UFC legend returns to the Octagon.

GSP will face current UFC middleweight championship Michael Bisping after a four-year hiatus during the headlining bout at UFC 217 inside Madison Square Garden.

The fight will mark the first UFC bout Roach has ever cornered… and apparently, he plans to do more.

Freddie has been involved St-Pierre’s preparations for the fight and has meshed well with the fighter’s team. So, he promised to remain committed to the final chapter of his career.

“I’ve never been an elite MMA trainer, but Georges made me promise I would work his corner and I’m holding up to that,” Roach recently told ESPN. “This might be a little different than boxing, but it is combat sports and I know how to fight. I used to be a wrestler in high school. I was never a great wrestler, but I have an idea on it and watching it during camp has given me a better idea. 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.”

As for GSP’s plans moving forward, Roach wouldn’t divulge any information, other than it involves three fights.

GSP has said that if he wins the title against Bisping, he has contractually obligated to defend it in his next fight. However, he says he will walk away from the sport if he loses.

“Right now, we’re just concentrated on this fight,” Roach said. “The thing is, we have a three-fight contract with [UFC president Dana White] and we have to win every one for the contract to go on. If everything goes well and Georges wants to retire at the end, that’s up to him. If he still has fight in him, and if I still have fight in me, we’ll go on from there. I’m sure he’ll receive many offers. Bigger and better offers.”