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The indefinite sabbatical taken by former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre raised a lot of questions among the fans of the promotion, the biggest one being whether they would get to see the Canadian Mixed Martial Arts legend, arguably one of the greatest fighters the world has seen, inside the UFC Octagon again or whether he had walked out for good.
And now, Freddie Roach, the legendary boxing trainer has shed some light on the future of GSP, admitting that the sabbatical was a calculated move on the part of the Canadian.
According to Roach, who serves as Rush’s striking coach as well as the trainer of former eight division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, Georges St. Pierre talked to him about the future and he advised him on it, saying he wants what is best for him.
He further added that when Manny Pacquiao got knocked out, he advised him to take a year off from the sport completely to freshen him up and then reassess him on the future when it felt right.
Roach also admitted that when he talked with Rush about the decision, he initially wanted to take a couple of years off the sport but he told him that would amount to retirement in a sport like this. Rush last competed in the UFC at UFC 167 where he defeated Johnny Hendricks to defend the UFC Welterweight Championship but vacated the title soon after, announcing that he had decided to take a break from the sport to focus on personal issues.
And according to Freddie Roach, fans shouldn’t get their hopes too high just this moment because if Georges St. Pierre doesn’t return to the UFC within the year, there are chances he will never be seen inside the cage again.
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When Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC announced plans to draft in Chael Sonnen as the coach on the third season of the hugely popular The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil reality show, the world of Mixed Martial Arts sat up, wondering how the country would embrace the self proclaimed American Gangster.
Over the years, he has made several derogatory comments towards the country as well as some of its most well known faces in the sport, including the man who will coach opposite him on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Wanderlei Silva, the legendary Anderson Silva, the hard hitting Nogueira brothers as well as another UFC veteran Vitor Belfort.
Such has been the hatred for Chael Sonnen in the country that Dana White has been forced to announce plans to draft in extra security for the American during the duration of the show. Even his mother has pleaded with Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts fans to not hurt him.
But Wanderlei Silva has assured Sonnen that no harm will come to him throughout the duration of the show and that he is safe in Brazil. He added that he needs to worry about one thing and one thing only and that is facing up against him at the finale of the show in June.
Wanderlei stated that no matter what Sonnen has said about Brazil and its athletes, they are different than what he thinks and no one will hurt him there. All he needs to do is think about the fight and the one man who will beat him and that man is he himself.
Silva also stated that he didn’t think the comments made by Chael Sonnen were humorous and mentioned he will pay his accounts for those comments in June inside the Octagon.