UFC Welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre did just enough to take a controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks Saturday at UFC 167. Some advice from his boxing coach Freddie Roach played a key role in GSP's successful game plan but apparently GSP needs more Roach.
Roach told Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole that GSP texted him after the fight:
"He said, 'I'm not going to fight again unless you are in my corner,'" Roach said. Asked to clarify if that meant on fight night, as well, Roach said, "Absolutely." To this point, Roach has never been in a UFC fighter's corner on the night of a fight.
Roach said his plan for St-Pierre was for St-Pierre to use his jab and inside hook to nullify Hendricks' powerful left. A normal left hook goes over the top of the opponent's jab, Roach said. The inside hook goes underneath it. It's often hard to discern from a jab, but it has much more power. Roach said St-Pierre used the punch a lot to beat Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in 2010.
"This guy [Hendricks], he doesn't know anything, he just punches good with a big left hand," Roach said. "Pretty much with him, if you can stay away from that and nullify that, it's not that tough of a fight. Georges did it, and he had success with it when he did, but he didn't do it enough in the fight."
Roach is currently in Macao where his fighter Manny Pacquiao boxes Brandon Rios this Saturday on pay-per-view.
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