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Boxing coach Freddie Roach is perhaps most famous for his role in the career of superstar boxer Manny Pacquiao, but he has long been by the side of former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre.
In the past, Roach has played a quieter role, working with St-Pierre as his boxing schedule permitted and never becoming a staple of his corner for fights. As one of St-Pierre’s most trusted coaches – Roach actually helped St-Pierre broker his return to the UFC – things changed drastically for St-Pierre’s move to middleweight to challenge champion Michael Bisping on Nov. 4 at UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden.
This time around, Roach has committed to training St-Pierre at least three days per week and will be in the former welterweight championship’s corner on fight night.
St-Pierre is obviously pulling out all the stops for his return. So now we just wait and see what the payoff is.
Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, Nov. 4, for full UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre Live Results and Fight Stats. The main event features Michael Bisping putting his middleweight belt on the line against returning former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. In the other title bouts, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt squares off with former teammate TJ Dillashaw, and strawweight terror Joanna Jedrzejczyk aims to tie Ronda Rousey’s women’s title defense record in a battle with Rose Namajunas.