It remains to be seen how Georges St-Pierre looks, fighting at 185 pounds, but according to the legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, the star’s packing a meaner punch.

St-Pierre is preparing to fight middleweight champ Michael Bisping, in a bout which will headline UFC 217 on November 4th. Since the match-up was announced, there’s been a lot of discussion and debate as to whether GSP can hang with middleweights. After all, the former welterweight champ has never competed at 185 in the Octagon. In addition, St-Pierre stands 5’10, and was never really considered to be a big 170’er.

Well, recently Fight Hub caught up with Roach, who has helped GSP with his boxing for several years now.  While discussing how GSP’s camp been going, as UFC 217 nears, Roach had this to say about the renowned fighter (quotes via Bloody Elbow):

“He’s getting better and better. He’s a little bigger, a little stronger than he has been in the past because this fight is going to be in a higher weight class. He has a little more weight on him, and he punches with a lot more power.”

“He did really really well. I’m going to be heading up to Montreal pretty soon. For six weeks, I’ll spend 3 days a week in Montreal, and 4 days here,” he said. “He wants me in the corner. He wants me in the ring, in between rounds, and I said no problem.”

“He’s in with a big tough guy, and it should be action packed. I’m excited with my first UFC fight.”

It will be interesting to see if these comments get back to Bisping, or for that matter, Luke Rockhold. Both men have argued that GSP is getting in over his head by moving up to 185, and Rockhold has predicted that the star is going to get “crushed”. 

St-Pierre always said that if he moved up in weight, he’d need time to adjust to the new weight class and to add on mass. So far, it sounds like he’s been successful in doing that.  Can he take out Bisping though? That’s the big question.

UFC 217 will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in NYC.