There's no doubt about it: Freddie Roach is an accomplished boxing trainer. His Wild Card Boxing Club has produced many top-notch fighters and has trained the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, actor Mickey Rourke, and world champion Manny Pacquiao. His expertise may prove to extend beyond boxing, however, as he trains his most recent protégé - MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre. The combined prowess of Roach's guidance and St-Pierre's skill in the ring is sure to lead to some pretty impressive results.
Although Roach is no doubt skilled, this may prove to be a major challenge. Despite St-Pierre's skill, he's returning to the ring after 4 years of retirement to the main event of UFC 2017. The fight would be a tall order for any competitor, but to bring a retired fighter up to speed and equip him with the tools he needs to challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title is a near insurmountable feat.
St-Pierre is one of the greatest champions in the history of the sport. His adaptability has enabled him to fight opponents from the most talented strikers to the strongest grapplers. He continues to be a jack of all trades, and will surely be a formidable match for Bisping despite his retirement.
With that said, Bisping also has had quite the impressive career as the UFC's all-time leader in wins. He's also a lot bigger than St-Pierre, and the challenger might be the smallest opponent he's ever fought.
If St-Pierre can pull off a win, however, he'll be the fourth fighter in the history of the sport to win a title in two separate weight classes. It will be the ultimate test of skill. Can the combined power of Roach's expertise and St-Pierre's power in the ring be enough to pull off a win? Will Roach's knowledge of boxing translate well to an MMA setting? We'll have to wait for the fight to find out.