GSP pondering UFC comeback–Roach
MIXED martial arts (MMA) fans may yet see former welterweight ruler George “Rush” St. Pierre in the octagon, says his boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
According to Manny Pacquiao trainer Roach, he trained the “retired” French Canadian MMA fighter recently and the latter admitted to having an itch to compete again.
“I trained him two days ago, before he went home. I said, ‘What do you think, are you going to fight again?’ He said ‘I’m getting the itch.’ I said, ‘Well if you do, make sure you’re 100-percent healthy and everything is on point,'” he said of his conversation with St. Pierre.
The former longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder walked away from the sport due to a burnout in late 2013. So seemingly happy was Rush to leave that UFC President Dana White had since gone public to say that the MMA star was gone for good.
But St. Pierre apparently told Roach that he’d put on those familiar four-ounce gloves again, on one condition.
“[George] said, ‘The only way I’ll fight again is if you promise me you’ll be in my corner.’ That’s not a problem,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.
“I do think Georges will fight one more time, at least, and we will train very hard for that fight. Hard work pays, and he’s a disciplined guy,” added Roach, who has also trained former UFC champions Anderson Silva and Andrei Arlovski in his Wild Card sweatshop.
The 33-year-old “GSP” holds a record of 25-2. He won his last 12 fights in the octagon before going on his current hiatus. (Randy K. Ortega)