Combat sports fans will know Duke Roufus as a former super-heavyweight kickboxer, but MMA fans know him as one of the best striking coaches/trainers in the game. In a recent interview, Roufus was asked who had the best Muay Thai in mixed martial arts. His answer might not surprise you, but he also talks about who he thinks will be the next in line when Silva walks away from MMA.
Roufus told MMAmania.com:
Oh for sure it’s Anderson Silva. I have huge respect for Anderson Silva. He’s the best all around striker in mixed martial arts. For sure he’s got a good fluid style and he uses the Thai clinch well. This is going to sound arrogant but I think in a few short years, you’re going to see Anthony Pettis looking like Anderson Silva.
Anthony is a huge student. He really digs into my mind. He wants to know my old heroes I studied. He wants to know the new school fighters. I just watched a kickboxing event in Cambodia and there’s a 12 hour difference in Thailand and I watch the fights. That’s how much of a combat sports nerd I am. I watch Glory this past weekend, Lion Fights, everything. With the internet I can watch this stuff right away compared to before when I had to trade tapes with my buddies around the world. I can stay on top of all the information and media.
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