Arlovski: Why training boxing with Freddy Roach was a mistake

Monday, March 18, 2013

Famed boxing trainer Freddy Roach has worked with a number of MMA notables including Georges St-Pierre, Tito Ortiz, Andrei Arlovski, and most recently Muaricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.

While most fighters offer high praise for Roach. WSoF fighter Arlovksi feels it was not the best use of his time.

Arlovski, who fights Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson on Saturday’s WSoF event on NBC Sports Network, trained under Roachin preparation for his 2009 fight Fedor Emelianenko. The training appeared to be paying off, as Arlovski was getting the better of ‘The Last Emperor’ until he wasn’t. Arlovksi inexplicably tried a flying knee, and got caught with a clean shot while in mid air, and went out.

“I’m going to stick with Greg Jackson and other trainers from Greg Jackson’s gym if I’m going to keep on fighting,” said Arlovski on the MMAJunkie Radio Show.

“I paid too much attention to boxing. I wanted to try professional boxing. That’s why I didn’t focus on wrestling and jiu-jitsu, and it hurt me.”

“This is a camp that’s much, much better than before,” said Arlovski, who has gone from an 0-4 skid to a 4-0 streak. “(There are) a lot of sparring partners, so I’m more than happy.

“It’s good to have light heavyweights and heavyweights because they’re not going to be too relaxed in the sparring or the wrestling sessions. You have to be ready all the time to do something or defend something. The last two weeks have been going very, very good for me because I spar a lot with Travis Browne and Jon Jones, and it definitely helped me a lot for my fight.”

“Definitely I learned from Freddie, and he taught me some cool stuff. But at the same time, I was hurting my momentum in my MMA technique, and I had some problems with my other coaches. It was a good experience, but I’m not going to come back again to a boxing gym.”

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