UFC 164: Ben Henderson's coach rips Anthony Pettis and the 'fluke' Showtime Kick

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John Crouch, head coach of The Lab MMA, has a lot of opinions about Anthony Pettis and he shares them freely.

UFC Lightweight champ Ben Henderson has only one smirch on his record since 2007 and it's the loss of his WEC title to Anthony Pettis in 2010. Now that Pettis is booked to rematch Bendo for the UFC title at UFC 164, oddsmakers are already favoring Pettis to win.

As you might imagine, Henderson's head coach John Crouch isn't a big Pettis fan. He told Ariel Helwani all about it on the MMA Hour, starting with his opinion on Pettis' famous "Showtime Kick:"

"It was a fluke," he said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It's like getting caught with a punch. All the best fighters have lost, you know what I mean? How many times has Anderson Silva seen the Ryo Chonan heel hook? How many times is he going to see Chris Weidman catching him with that hook? If you're great, if you compete with the best people in the sport, you are going to have an unfortunate moment at some point. And they're going to replay it and talk about it, but it's just another moment. It's one speck of time. There was 24 minutes and 59 seconds of that fight that still went on.

"The thing that I remember about the 'Showtime Kick' or whatever you want to call it, is that Ben got up and was on a single leg to finish the fight," he continued. "He was going to get that single. He was getting that takedown. It there's 15 more seconds, Anthony's on his back."

He also doesn't care for the way Pettis talked his way into a title shot:

Not that he's particularly jazzed about the rematch, or more specifically, the route Pettis took to get there. Pettis, he acknowledges, is a great fighter and is an acceptable, even "deserving" replacement for an injured T.J. Grant. But Pettis' campaigning for the fight even before Grant was forced out? Well, that type of behavior -- the new trend of attempting to earn undeserved title fights -- doesn't sit well with him.

"I don't like that," he said. "I hate it, and it's part of our sport. It's undeniable. The people in the UFC respond to loudmouths and people saying crazy stuff. That's great, I guess. Those guys are really smart. They've made tons of money. I'm able to do what I do because the people at the UFC are really smart, but it's a part of the sport I really don't like at all."

Henderson and Pettis are set to meet at UFC 164 on August 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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