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.