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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.”

burt watson

For Burt Watson, being the “Babysitter to the Stars” was a dream job.

But it came at a price.

Watson worked tirelessly to help make the road home for fighters around the world. That all came to an end recently at UFC 184, as Watson left the company.

Rumors immediately started floating around over what caused the rift between the two sides, and the 66-year-old Watson appeared on The MMA Hour to sort that all out.

“I was approached and it was not in a proper manner, at least in my opinion,” Watson said. “I was questioned about my work, about the way I handled things. That’s the way I felt. Quite honestly, I didn’t appreciate it. I didn’t approve of it.”

Watson stated it was not UFC president Dana White, CEO Lorenzo Fertitta or operations coordinator Donna Marcolini who approached him, but declined to name that person, saying it was only an official with the UFC.

A former manager for Joe Frazier, Watson wanted to make sure nobody blamed Mark Munoz or Ronda Rousey for his decision to step away, saying he needed to “address that.”

“These guys, I lived for these guys,” he said. “I loved those guys for 14 years. When I see them being disturbed about something, I figured I needed to put some kind of a lid on top of it.”

ufc 185

“Countdown to UFC 185″ debuted Sunday night, and you can catch a complete replay of all three segments in the videos below.

The event takes place this Saturday night, and as always, FightLine will have complete play-by-play coverage.

vitor belfort

Officials have set the fight card for UFC 187, with John Dodson and Zach Makovsky paired up in the FOX Sports 1 prelim main event.

The main card has been known for sometime now, as Jon Jones and Chris Weidman both look to defend their titles. Jones faces Anthony Johnson, while Weidman meets Vitor Belfort.

In other pay-per-view action, Donald Cerrone squares off with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Travis Browne faces Andrei Arlovski and Joseph Benavidez meets John Moraga.

All of the action goes down May 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (c) vs. Anthony Johnson

UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Vitor Belfort

Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET))

Flyweight: John Dodson vs. Zach Makovsky

Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Josh Burkman

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Rafael Natal

Female Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Nina Ansaroff


Welterweight: Sean Spencer vs. Mike Pyle

Lightweight: Islam Makhachev vs. Leo Kuntz

Flyweight: Justin Scoggins vs. Josh Sampo

ufc 185

An extended preview for UFC 185 has been released, and you can see it in the video below.

The card features Anthony Pettis defending his UFC lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos on March 14 from Dallas on pay-per-view.

Also, the current fight card can be found below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Lightweight Championship
Anthony Pettis (c) vs. Rafael dos Anjos

UFC Female Strawweight Championship
Carla Esparza (c) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown

Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson

Flyweight: Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo


Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Sam Stout

Middleweight: Elias Theodorou vs. Roger Narvaez

Lightweight: Daron Cruickshank vs. Beneil Dariush

Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt vs. Josh Copeland

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: Sergio Pettis vs. Ryan Benoit

Lightweight: Jake Lindsey vs. Joseph Duffy

Female Bantamweight: Germaine de Randamie vs. Larissa Pacheco

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