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Friday, 03/09/2012, 01:28 pm

That Jeremy Stephens Fight? Just A Scrimmage For Anthony Pettis, Says Coach


“I’m really proud of Anthony. You know most people, they would be harder to teach… He turned 25, and ever since the Guida setback, it really – you hate to sound cliche – but it was one of the best things that ever happened to him. He wasn’t arrogant or anything; it just made him really extra focused… And from wrestling with Askren, Anthony’s wrestling is getting way better. And, you know what, the fight with Jeremy Stephens, it wasn’t the Showtime that everyone wanted, but, and this is going to sound very weird, it was a scrimmage for us, and I’ll explain. I want Anthony to work on taking guys down, get top position. Doing things that you never see him do. But here’s the thing. This fight [against Lauzon], he fought southpaw. You watch Alan Belcher when I coach Alan, last fight he worked on top position against a guy with a dangerous guard (Jason MacDonald). The fight before that he came out southpaw against Cote as a Muay Thai stylist, and then he took Cote down and then choked him out. And in the fight before that he fought [Wilson] Gouveia and he boxed left handed. You know, he’s always showing [something different]. That’s what I want to do with the fighter’s I’m training. I don’t want you to be able to hone in on one style. That’s how I’d beat guys.”

Duke Roufus, coach on the rise, sat down with MMATorch recently to talk about one of his star pupils, Anthony Pettis.

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