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Freddie Roach: Conor McGregor is final opponent in Georges St-Pierre’s three-fight plan

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Georges St-Pierre is angling for a fight with Conor McGregor, per Freddie Roach.
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Freddie Roach has spoken about Georges St-Pierre’s step-by-step comeback plan before. He mentioned it on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani last month.

Now, GSP’s boxing coach, and someone who helped him negotiate his new deal with the UFC, has revealed the final part of that plan. St-Pierre signed a three-fight deal with the promotion earlier this year. And the final bout on that deal, GSP hopes, is one against Conor McGregor, Roach told Fight Hub this week.

“Who wouldn't want that fight?” the legendary coach said. “I mean, It’s a big fight. We’d have to maybe cut weight, meet in the middle somewhere. Something like that. There’s a lot of negotiations to still happen, of course, to make that happen. Who wouldn't want that fight?”

The first part of St-Pierre’s comeback blueprint is a bout with UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping later this year. No official date has been set for it, but the title fight has been officially announced by the UFC.

St-Pierre, 35, has not fought since 2013. He stepped away from the sport and vacated his welterweight title, which he held for six years, in doing so. GSP (25-2) has been talking comeback for some time now and the fight date is getting closer and closer.

“He’s very hungry to get back into it,” Roach said. “I wouldn't have anything to do with it unless he was ready.”

Roach said there’s “nothing easy about” Georges St-Pierre’s three-fight plan. First up is Bisping and McGregor apparently is the book end on the trio of bouts. It’s unclear who St-Pierre wants for the fight in the middle, though it could potentially be a rematch with Nick Diaz. GSP has stated his desire to fight Diaz again as recently as last year.

“We took on three of the toughest guys in the world,” Roach said of the plan. “We have to win to get to the next step, the next level.”

Roach said he has been to St-Pierre’s new, private gym in Montreal a couple of times over the last few months. He said he expects GSP to be coming to his famous Wild Card gym in Hollywood in two months and he will be in the Canadian star’s corner for the bout.

The fight is likely to happen in the latter part of 2017.

“He’s been getting closer and closer to this comeback,” Roach said.