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Freddie Roach, the legendary boxing trainer has shed some light on the future of his star pupil, former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in a recent interview.
Born in Massachusetts, Roach has carved out quite a legendary career for himself and he is also the trainer of former eight division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao and in a recent interview, talked about the recent layoff taken by the Canadian when he announced at UFC 167 that he would be taking a year’s sabbatical from Mixed Martial Arts.
Roach stated that GSP is a brilliant guy and he wants him to take the right decision at the right time adding that when Manny Pacquiao got knocked out, he told him to take a year off from the sport to get his mind back into the proper scheme of things.
And indeed, it is Pacquiao who the legendary trainer cites as an inspiration for Georges St. Pierre should he want to make a return to the sport once again.
Roach mentioned that Pacquiao had a year from boxing and now he is ready and gunning for more glory. He also mentioned that Rush was suffering from headaches prior to the fight against Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167.
He went on to add that the negative remarks made about him by UFC boss Dana White also impacted his decision. He added that if he were in GSP’s shoes, he would have thought about going to another promotion but with the UFC’s monopoly on the sport, that is not possible. He also added that Georges St. Pierre wanted to take two years off from the sport but he told him that it would tantamount to retirement.
But if he does want to come back, Dana White will have to invite him back.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has announced that he will take some time off from competing as a Mixed Martial Artist altogether and has vacated his UFC Welterweight Championship belt already, a title he has held since April 2008.
The Canadian announced the news via a media call on Friday. GSP had already put his future up for debate by confirming that he needed some time away from all the fighting and needed some time away from it to resolve some personal issues.
According to St. Pierre, he has been fighting at the very highest level of Mixed Martial Arts for a very long time and it is a pressure cooker situation at the top always. He went on to add that he has realized he needed to take some time off from it. He mentioned that he understands that the UFC is a business and that they cannot wait for him.
Georges St. Pierre admitted that one day, if he felt like it, he might make a comeback to the UFC Octagon but at this particular moment, he needs a break from it.
In his last match inside the UFC Octagon, the Canadian Mixed Martial Arts legend defeated the number one contender Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167 in a controversial decision win to extend his run as the UFC Welterweight champion.
Dana White, the president of the UFC has already announced that Hendricks will take on Robbie Lawler on March 15th for the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship.
Throughout his career, Georges St. Pierre has seen a lot of ups and downs, losing the title in his first defense before winning it back, undergoing knee surgery which put him out for over a year and finally, he has cracked under the pressure of it.
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