Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre tells trainer Freddie Roach he won't fight again without him in his corner

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It's been a busy past few days for renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach. In addition to scuffling with Brandon Rios' team ahead of their Pay-Per-View bout with Manny Pacquiao Saturday night, Roach may be a major player if and when UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returns against Johny Hendricks.

According to Yahoo Sports, Roach received a text from St-Pierre stating he won't return to fighting without him in his corner on fight night. St-Pierre began working with Roach in May 2010 in preparation of his title defense against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124, but Roach has never served as a cornerman for a UFC bout. Roach is said to have devised the striking gameplan St-Pierre used in his most recent bout with Hendricks at UFC 167, which included extensive use of the jab and a slight tweak for throwing the left hook.

"This guy [Hendricks], he doesn't know anything, he just punches good with a big left hand," Roach said. "Pretty much with him, if you can stay away from that and nullify that, it's not that tough of a fight. Georges did it, and he had success with it when he did, but he didn't do it enough in the fight."

Schedule permitting, Roach says he'll be in St-Pierre's corner the next time he steps inside the Octagon.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Tim Burke.

Conor McGregor talks about returning to training, mentality of fighting, Christmas plans

UFC featherweight Conor McGregor (14-2) might be on the shelf with a knee injury, but that doesn't mean he's not out there making his presence known. McGregor recently received an honorary lifetime membership from the Commerce & Economics Society at the University College of Dublin in Ireland, and Fergus O'Farrell of Fight Hounds was on hand to get an interview with him.

The Irish fighter discusses how his knee injury is healing (he even offers up a demonstration), how much he wants to return to training, the mentality of fighting and how he doesn't take anything personally, and a big Christmas trip he has lined up. McGregor should be ready to return to the octagon around the middle of 2014, depending on how the knee rehab goes. You can check out the interview video below, along with the videos of the C&E society ceremony.

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