Anthony Pettis’s coach Duke Roufus is once again talking down the current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. On a recent episode of The MMA Hour, Roufus stated that Henderson’s striking has actually gotten worse since his first showdown with Pettis.
“Anthony has this guy’s number and I think it’s going to show Saturday night,” Roufus said. “I think Anthony has improved in every area Benson Henderson’s going to attack Anthony.”
“[Benson’s] actually gotten worse at striking in my humble opinion,” Roufus added. “He’s tried to experiment more. Experimentation, when you make fundamental mistakes, is not good.”
As one of the best Muay Thai coaches in the world, Roufus certainly knows his fundamentals.
“That’s actually what I do when I watch the Cerrone fight, even the Joe Lauzon fight,” he continued. “Having done this so long, my thing is fundamentals. I try and attack their fundamentals and Anthony picks up on their making a mistake fundamentally. That’s where he capitalizes with the big finishes.”
“I’ve been watching the [rematch] daily and you can see in the beginning of the fifth round that Anthony 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.”
“It was an amazing fight,” Roufus concluded. “Respect to both fighters. It takes two guys to make an incredible fight. They have a history and I think we’re going to have our hands full Saturday, but it’s going to be Anthony getting his hand raised.
“I’ve said it over and over: I think Ben is an incredible fighter. I just think Anthony Pettis is a special fighter.”
Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson will fight for the title on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.