UFC 164: Henderson Vs Pettis II takes place this Saturday night, and the rematch between Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis is all but official. Having won the first bout, Pettis is very confident going into the fight, but it sounds like his head coach Duke Roufus is even more confident. In an interview yesterday, Roufus said that while he felt Pettis’ striking has gotten better, he thinks the striking of Henderson has gotten worse. In short, Roufus feels like his fighter has Henderson all figured out. and that was very apparent in the fifth round of their fight.
Roufus told MMAFighting:
“He’s actually gotten worse at striking in my humble opinion,” said the Milwaukee-based trainer. “He’s tried to experiment more. Experimentation, when you make fundamental mistakes, is not good.
“I’ve been watching the fight daily and you can see in the beginning of the fifth round that Antony had his number and I think that’s what bothers Benson the most; not necessarily the kick, but ‘Man, everything I did my best to do against everyone else didn’t work against this guy’. And, at times, Anthony had him in his favorite positions on the mat and Anthony was threatening him on the mat.”
“One thing that Anthony has beyond being the champion, winning. He wants to create a legacy. He wants to be one of those guys the UFC wants to make a UFC marquee person. The guy you want to watch at lightweight. Right now we don’t have a lot of guys in the lighter divisions who are huge pay-per-view draws. Anthony wants to become that guy that ‘I gotta buy a Pettis pay-per-view’.”
“I’ve said it over and over: I think Ben is an incredible fighter. I just think Anthony Pettis is a special fighter.”
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