Since Benson Henderson lost by unanimous decision to Anthony Pettis in December, 2010, the lightweight has gone on to win seven straight fights in the UFC and secure the promotion’s championship. While some observers might argue that Henderson has improved in all areas, and thus his tremendous success, renowned striking coach Duke Roufus doesn’t believe that’s the case.
While appearing on a recent edition of “The MMA Hour”, Roufus credited Henderson for being an “incredible fighter” but stated (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“He’s actually gotten worse at striking in my humble opinion,” said the longtime coach of Pettis. “He’s tried to experiment more. Experimentation, when you make fundamental mistakes, is not good.”
Of course, Henderson and Pettis will fight again this Saturday at UFC 164, and Roufus is not surprisingly predicting “Showtime” to win.
“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.”
“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.”
It’s definitely a ‘can’t miss’ bout, which will be hosted by the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The main card will be available for viewing via pay-per-view.
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