Originally Posted by Project 86
pettis is fancy so sherdog thinks he is better
when pettis shows me something other than kicks then he can talk
tkd guys always have shitty hands
Pettis is fancy so you think he's worse
Pettis constantly shows hands to his opponents. That's why their own hands in position to block, then he slips part of his leg in at a different level of his opponent's body. That's how he set up the Lauzon head kick ko. That's how he set up the Castillo head kick KO. That's how he set up the Showtime knee. It's also how he set up almost every kick to the body in the barrage against Bendo. Fake a punch to the head, slip one underneath to the body.
Pettis is super technical. The fanciness obscures it in the eyes of some people who really aren't paying close attention to how surgical he's being. He may have the best striking setups in MMA. I know Jack Slack regarded him as possessing the most intelligent strategical footwork.
Anderson is a tkd guy. He has shitty hands? Pettis has outstanding boxing. His accuracy is pinpoint, hands are fast, he sets them up, and throws good combos. He just doesn't have a lot of power, because he doesn't sit down on his strikes, as a result of being a defensively hyper-aware fighter. That's the primary thing that makes him CLEARLY a better striker than Condit. Condit gets hit, Pettis doesn't.
You really shouldn't be snobby about others having a simplistic analysis of who has better striking, and then ignore defense, which is half the battle by definition.