Roach’s Advice To GSP: Stand Your Ground

Roach’s Advice To GSP: Stand Your Ground

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“FighthubTV” spent some time with legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach and got his thoughts on the upcoming (November 16th) bout between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks.

Roach told Fighthub that he’s already spent 17 days of training with GSP (10 in Montreal & 7 in Las Vegas) and that the welterweight champion’s boxing is getting a lot better and he’s becoming more “fluid with his punches.”

He thinks that Hendricks is “tough, with a big left-hand and he can knock you out with the left-hand”, but he feels that it’s a very similar fight to the one that GSP had with Josh Koscheck and that it’s an “easy game-plan.”

The plan, as Roach describes it, is to have GSP stand his ground and to meet Hendricks’s forward movement with a stiff jab and inside-hook and to exit off to “Bigg Rigg’s” right, when disengaging from the exchange. As he said to Rush and regarding fighters who jump in from too far away, “if you move back from that you give him momentum, he’ll knock you out.”

With that said, Bigg Rigg has made mention of what he expects from GSP in the fight and that would include his stiff jab and circling away from Johnny’s power left. On that note, Hendricks has stated that he’s been working on adding power to his right and hopes to catch “Rush” as he moves left.

For his part, Roach thinks Johny’s right isn’t “really nothin’ to talk about.” On this issue, I hope his words do not prove to be prophetic.

Of his comments, the only one I’d disagree with would be Roach’s take on Hendricks as being more explosive or dynamic than Koscheck. I think Josh is the better overall athlete and fighter, however, where Bigg Rigg prevails is in focus and (positive) attitude. I believe that to be the biggest difference between the two and the one thing that Hendricks brings to the Octagon that Koscheck does not.   

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The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line. Whether or not you think you can or you can't, you are right. Fast / Good / Cheap...pick 2. Better an honest word to the ear, than a stiff punch to the jaw; ego kills. A hall passed through with the doors open, is a...?
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/dropkickmurphy dropkickmurphy

    GSP by arm triangle.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/bantam bantam

    GSP by left jab.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    GSP by flying Gogoplata!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      If you win by flying twister, you get #1 P4P by default.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/angleslam1 angleslam1

    GSP by takedown!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

    Ow com' on guys, enough already……….GSP by toe-hold!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

    GSP by new move, as taught to him by Steven Seagal and as the result of Rush having entered into a new sponsorship deal, with Seagal.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/greeneyeleo greeneyeleo

    If we learned anything from the Zimmerman/Martin case (and we didn't) it's that if you stand your ground, you better make sure you're packing some serious heat (gun, Semtex hook, H-bomb, etc). GSP doesn't have any of those weapons, so he better put on a takedown clinic or a stick-and-move jab-a-thon, otherwise he'll end up like poor Trayvon. My two cents.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      Poor Trayvon my azz., little thug

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/greeneyeleo greeneyeleo

        I totally agree with you, Entity. That kid was a piece of trash and I don't know how anyone could have any sympathy for him. I'm convinced that the only people who should ever be on a jury are teachers and policemen. They know the reality of dealing with these types of scum- no gatekeepers, receptionists, secretary to hide behind, etc. That loser was on his way to prison anyway. Yeah, right, he was a little angel, etc. OMG. When I was a high school teacher I freaking dreamed of choking the crap out of those little gangster types (Rickson style), always running their mouths and saying they were going to be rap or NBA stars, etc. Yeah, you're going to be a star in prison with that youthful smooth skin, LOL. Shame GZ didn't know any BJJ, that would have been way better b/c he could have really savored the moment. RIP POS.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

          ok, you for president lol

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

    GSP by *******************.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      M*i*s*s*i*o*n*a*r*y position

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        ummmm you said Miss ionary….