Duke Roufus: Pettis driven to be up there with Anderson Silva


Lightweight contender Anthony Pettis was watching UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 on television Saturday night when he decided to text UFC president Dana White. Gist of the message was he wanted to drop 10 pounds more, and fight Aldo, for the title.

Pettis is already in line for lightweight title shot vs. the winner of the 4/20 Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez fight on FOX.

Pettis's trainer, Duke Roufus, explains the reasoning.

“What if the guy who wins the Henderson-Melendez fight gets hurt or it’s a close decision, when does [Pettis] fight?” said Roufus.. “He’s been in that situation before. So, he’s a little gun shy about that.

“Besides, he’s coming into the prime of his life. He wants to fight now. He’d fight next week if [the UFC] gives him a body; that’s his attitude. He’d fight three more times this year if you could.”

“He wants to fight Aldo and then fight for the lightweight title. I’m all for it if he wants to do it. I think he matches up great with Aldo.”

“The crazy thing is that in his past few fights, Anthony has been at 25 percent of his potential but he’s been able to finish his opponents early. The guy is on a mission.”

“In his last three fights, he hasn’t had to go into the sauna to make weight. He’s very meticulous about his nutrition as well as his strength and conditioning. Anthony is a very disciplined individual.”

“He has reached that stage of his career and life where he realizes what gets him up are big challenges. I see the hunger in his attitude and performance daily in training, his lifestyle. He wants big things and he wants them now.

“He wants to put himself up there with guys like Anderson Silva, who go out there and win big fights.”

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JasonSB site profile image  

2/5/13 9:27 PM by JasonSB

Take it to mean he only needs to use about 25% of his overall skills to win fights. Simple he has the ability to go super saiyan, but hasn't had the need to.

eagleswhat1 site profile image  

2/5/13 11:36 AM by eagleswhat1

that's dumb. He clearly won 2 rounds and possibly 3 in many peoples eyes. Had Aldo limping on his front leg and tired him out with his movement and crisp counter striking. Stop trolling

eagleswhat1 site profile image  

2/5/13 11:34 AM by eagleswhat1

Pettis is going to absolutely dominate Aldo on the feet and make him shoot if he doesn't KO him first. AMERICAN KICKBOXING>Muay Thai

TOAO site profile image  

2/5/13 11:23 AM by TOAO

Frankie got dominated

BJ bashed into McDs mincemeat site profile image  

2/5/13 11:19 AM by BJ bashed into McDs mincemeat

Ripped off? Are you serious? Frankie lost fair and square and I'm his number one fan.

da Vinci 81 site profile image  

2/5/13 11:15 AM by da Vinci 81

I understand Pettis worrying about the lightweight fight being postponed due to injury and making him wait even longer, but I hope he realizes Aldo is becoming one of the most injury prone champions himself...

Luigi Vampa site profile image  

2/5/13 10:55 AM by Luigi Vampa

What does he mean he's been at 25% of his potential?

shaqitup site profile image  

2/5/13 10:37 AM by shaqitup

i like him too, apart from the face pubes.

Killahbeez79 site profile image  

2/5/13 10:33 AM by Killahbeez79

It's funny that Pettis wants to be the next AS...considering he will have to get through mini Anderson. A test I do not think he can pass...

Chris Power site profile image  

2/5/13 9:13 AM by Chris Power

That's what you WANT TO HEAR god damn is Pettis a hell of a man.Gets me pumped just thinking of the possibilities for this guy.