Duke Roufus has placed plenty of praise and acknowledgment on his star pupil, Anthony Pettis, over the years.
Roufus continued that during a recent interview on The MMA Hour, comparing the UFC lightweight champion to boxing king Floyd Mayweather. Pettis returns to action this Saturday night at UFC 185 vs. Rafael dos Anjos.
“You don’t want to let this kid start fighting too often if you’re the other contenders,” Roufus said. “The other day (Pettis said), ‘I could do this four times a year easy.’ That’s how easy the training camps are for him.
“Not because he’s lazy, but because he is like the Mayweather of our sport; hard work and dedicated. I saw him one day against top-level boxers spar 14 rounds in a row like it was nothing. He’s on a different level.”
Pettis (18-2) has won five in a row, including four finishes over Gilbert Melendez, Benson Henderson, Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon. He earned seven knockout and eight submissions in his career, losing only twice via decision.
“He loves to do this all the time,” Roufus said. “He doesn’t have to cram for tests, he doesn’t have to catch up. He’s always in striking distance of always being in shape, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.
“He’s ready to fight all the time. I’m so proud of him. He’s really evolved as a man.”