Roufus: Aldo's low kicks a 'non issue' vs. Pettis


MMA and Muay Thai coach extraordaire Duke Roufuz recently sat down with MMA Fighting's Luke Thomas to discuss Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis, set to take place August 3, venue as yet undertermined. Roufus will be coaching Pettis as he drops to featherweight for the title shot.

Luke Thomas: I don't want you to give away your whole gameplan, but if you could give me one thing, what is one sort of technical flaw that you think could be taken advantage of against Aldo?

Duke Roufus: I'm not gonna say it's a flaw, but the one thing is the low kicks. The leg kicks are going to be a non-issue. Leg kicks are a cool thing until someone knows how to block it. When you know how to block it, he's the one that gets hurt, Aldo, not Anthony. That's the one thing that has given a lot of people trouble and that's the one thing Anthony prepared for real well with Cerrone and that was a non-issue there, too. Those leg kicks he launched, you saw Anthony block it and strike back right away. You did not see him throw a leg kick anymore.

That's the thing about MMA. Guys suck at blocking leg kicks. They're so worried about takedowns that they sometimes forget the leg kicks and when you know that someone likes to throw them a lot, you're ready for them. In other sports, they're not as common because people know how to defend them. That's the one thing I'll say will definitely affect Aldo's game. The kicking will be out. I believe Anthony's faster than him so the hands and other weapons, Anthony won't be in front of him for his knees and I can just say what Aldo is not going to do to him.

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Wasa-B site profile image  

2/15/13 1:21 PM by Wasa-B

Whoa, didnt know about Souwer training with Aldo.That said, do any of the top Japanese boxers, kickboxers, karate guys cross train with the top JMMA fighters? Was watching One FC and the Filipino guys looked pretty good in both boxing and kickboxing, just not as much grappling level yet. One guy was working BJ Kojima over until he got caught in a guillotine.Japan actually has quite a few top boxers and even more world champs (title holders) last i checked than the Phillipines, a legit amount of notable kickboxers and kyokushin/seido guys but seems it hasnt translated to JMMA striking much at all. Btw, have the Fight Network now so been seeing lots of Glory and Showtime of late. Say a Yamamoto at 63kg who won in one show against a Portugese guy....

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2/14/13 9:50 AM by Gokudamus stole my name

Frankie has good footwork but styles make fights, he does best against slow footed guys like BJ where he can lead and have BJ react. Im not saying Aldo is scared of Pettis striking and will shoot in, im just saying he is a complete fighter with a strong BJJ background, if he feels he has the advantage he will take it to the groundAnd yes Aldo is also the best striker Pettis has fought so far in his career aswell. And while Duke is a great coach, its not like Aldo is slouching, Andy Souwer is a 2X K1 MAX champion and usually flies to Brazil to help Aldo prepare for fights

nix1331 site profile image  

2/14/13 4:21 AM by nix1331

ya a lot of people these days seem to think that checking a kick is like rolling with a punch, you just lift your leg and go with the flow, and while that may be better than taking the kick clean it is not the best defense. leg kicks are all about location and that goes for utilizing them and defending them thats why the good kickboxers always set up their leg kicks at the end of combos. if u kick the wrong part of the leg or if its defended properly you are in a world of hurt and may very well snap your leg.....its always the kicker with the snapped leg in videos like this and its not because these people do not know how to kick or have weak legs

Wasa-B site profile image  

2/13/13 1:43 PM by Wasa-B

Frankie has good footwork too, no? But I suppose the main thing is that Frankie's wrestling in conjuction with his boxing is the main threat while Pettis is a more complete striker but without the wrestling threat.So do you think Aldo will go for tds in this? I think anything that gives any fighter an added weapon/threat/advantage should be used. I also do think Aldo should now be up with Chuck, CC, GSP and Machida in tdd. His dynamic abilities also lends to his ability to scramble out of tds when he is getting taken down as well. I think the same could be said of Aldo for Pettis too though, not Cerrone, Lauzon, etc is on Aldo's striking level. Bendo also was a notch down in terms of striking and overall game imo when he fought Pettis, not that both of them havent improved.Pick?

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2/13/13 11:48 AM by chaplinshouse

Aldo > Bendo.  Pettis fears no one, refreshing given a certain duck champ in the ufc

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

2/13/13 1:19 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

Aldo is a tough match for anyone. I dont know that i think Pettis will win but his absolute best chance would be Duke training him for the fight.

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2/13/13 12:14 AM by Chiron

I have all kinds of feelings about this fight. I don't like a fighter dropping and getting an instant title shot, but Pettis vs Aldo is an awesome fight and I really like both fighters. At the same time I don't want either of them to lose because I've always appreciated how they both bring it and really destroy their opponent. I think they both deserve a belt and Guida's win over Pettis is BS. I would rather Pettis have stayed at 155 and beat Benson. lol This is a fight where I wouldn't be surprised if Aldo took it to the ground and we finally saw a broader aspect of his BJJ skills in MMA. Standing they seem so close and, though Pettis has shown he's no slouch on the ground, going by the rumors Aldo "seems" to have the edge there. But why on earth is this fight not happening until August!?!? 6 months is a long time to wait for such a good fight.

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2/12/13 11:53 PM by MahatmaPetey

This fight is going to be amazing.

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2/12/13 11:50 PM by FixedPartialArts

I don't believe the leg kicks will be a factor, for a different reason, although Duke may have alluded to it also. If you come over the top with a harder counter every time like Anthony has shown a tendency of, they stop, or they'll lose the exchanges so who cares.

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2/12/13 11:31 PM by FixedPartialArts

Signed,Cerrone was undefeated in 30 kickboxing/muay thai matches, what about Pettis?