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Thursday, 05/16/2013, 10:12 am

GSP Coach Roach: ‘Hendricks isn’t hard to figure out’


“His next opponent, Hendricks, is a southpaw with a good punch. I have tape on Hendricks and we’re working to nullify what he does. We got the gameplan pretty much down already. We’re working on it. He’s always looking for that big shot. He’s a veteran wrestler, of course, a good wrestler, but he doesn’t even like to wrestle. He depends on that big left hand. He doesn’t even want to go to the ground too much. He’s not real difficult to figure out.”

In a recent interview with FightHub.TV, famed boxing coach, Freddie Roach discusses the upcoming welterweight showdown with GSP and Johny Hendricks. While the bout is not yet scheduled it appears as if at least part of GSP’s coaching staff already has a handle on the style matchup.

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41 Comments to GSP Coach Roach: ‘Hendricks isn’t hard to figure out’

  1. squid says:

    so true. hendricks has an excellent wrestling pedigree but he doesnt even use it cause hes been so successful knocking guys out. he needs to change up his gameplan against the ultimate tactician in gsp or else he will be jabbed to death or countered with plenty of kicks and straight punches

  2. Thom says:

    Hendricks got like 12 takedowns agaisnt Condit.. I like Roach but seriously, what does he really know about MMA?

    • Truth says:

      Condit isn’t a wrestler and is pretty easy to takedown for most people. He’s right though Hendricks has a good wrestling pedigree but he’s an average wrestler in MMA. Also, like some other good wrestlers he doesn’t wrestle well defensively. Story was able to outwrestle him and Pierce and Koscheck kept it standing. Hendricks has only landed 50% of his takedowns with the Condit fight bloating the stats and defensively he has only stopped 63%. I think GSP definitely has the advantage here especially the way he’s able to mix up the takedowns and striking so well in the middle of the cage.

  3. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Typical GSP gameplanning. He looks to play mind games by stating this hoping Hendricks tries more wrestling so GSP can be ready for that. GSP is good at exploiting egos. Last thing GSP wants is Hendricks headhunting him with the left all night. Let’s see if it works.

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