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18th Nov 2015

VIDEO: Famed boxing coach Freddie Roach on Ronda Rousey’s “embarrassing” striking skills

No strategy

Ben Kiely

To say that Freddie Roach knows a thing or two about boxing would be a huge understatement.

The legendary coach has trained superstar pugilists such as Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto as well as the man who possesses one of the greatest jabs ever seen inside an Octagon, George St-Pierre.

Just like pretty much everyone with even the slightest interest in combat sports, Roach was watching UFC 193’s main event in which Holly Holm put on a striking masterclass to defeat Ronda Rousey.

Speaking after the fight, Roach was very critical of Rousey’s abilities on the feet, calling her boxing “embarrassing”.

“All she has is a ground game right now. She really needs to learn how to fight standing up and go against a lefty, a southpaw. And she had no idea or no strategy of how to deal with that…It was embarrassing a little bit. No one ever taught her anything about boxing it looked like.”

Rousey certainly has a ground game, with nine of her 12 wins coming by way of submission. However, facing an elite level striker in former boxing world champion Holly Holm gave her a rude awakening in Melbourne.