- Famed boxing coach Freddie Roach has developed a strong relationship with Georges St-Pierre since he began training the French-Canadian standout some years ago. In a recent interview with FightHubTV, Roach shared some insight as to why GSP took an indefinite hiatus from the sport.
"He did tell me that he wanted to take two years off," Roach revealed. "I told him, 'Two years is retirement. Let's stay with one year and see how you feel after a year. If you feel hungry enough to get back in there, we'll do it. If not, we'll call it a day.' The thing is, Georges is a great guy and I just want him to make the right decision at the right time and not be too hasty."
Roach explained that St-Pierre had begun suffering the accumulated effects of several years spent at the top of the sport. That, along with a very tough and controversial fight with Johny Hendricks and some harsh comments from UFC president Dana White pushed the fighter out the door.
"The thing is, he told me had headaches," he said. "When I hear that, I want to get him check out completely. I told Georges to see his doctors and make sure everything is a hundred percent and healthy before he makes a decision. It's really easy to make a decision after a tough fight like that and after Dana talking really bad about him, he got a little depressed."
Though Roach admitted he was a little sore with White despite their shared Boston roots, he asserted that the UFC boss would eagerly welcome St-Pierre back should he decide to return to MMA.
"I'm sure if Georges wants to come back, Dana will be the first one to invite him," he said.
Check out the video above to hear more from the legendary boxing coach.
- UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem took some criticism for calling out Brock Lesnar following his recent defeat of Frank Mir - both because Lesnar isn't an active fighter and Overeem defeated him handily in his last fight two years ago. In an effort to defend himself, Overeem recently appeared on MMAFighting's The MMA Hour, to explain himself.
"I believe I read somewhere that he wanted to come back, and that he believed he didn't fight because of the health conditions and that it would have been different if he was healthy," Overeem said. "He was talking about maybe a comeback, and I thought he wanted to fight me because of his last fight, maybe a rematch. With Brock, you have to take it with a grain of salt."
Overeem rebounded from a two-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision over Mir. Though rumors of Lesnar's return have been persistent, UFC president Dana White has insisted that he isn't coming back.
- UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has added his voice to the chorus of those urging MMA legend Anderson Silva to retire. During a recent appearance on the Lavar and Dukes radio show (props to MMAMania for the quote), Jones explained why he'd like to see The Spider hang up his gloves.
"It was just sad. I know how long Anderson Silva's been working to be who he is. I've won several world titles, this guy's won like 12, 13. That's a lot of work. To see such a magnificent career and legacy get tarnished by two losses, two kind of flukish losses – I wouldn't call the first one a fluke – it sucks. It leaves a weird taste in your mouth, like it's not supposed to end that way. What I'm hoping is that people remember Anderson for all the magnificent things he's done, and all the lives he's touched, and all the people he's inspired, and I'm hoping that Anderson just stays away from the sport and continues to be an inspiration outside of the Octagon.... Not fight again. Anderson can do seminars, he can do motivational speaking, he can help all the kids in Brazil, I mean he's such an idol. His greatness has just begun, but I think in the Octagon, I think it's been already fun."
Silva is currently recovering from a shattered leg that he suffered in a recent attempt to reclaim his belt from Chris Weidman.
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