Gus Pugliese, the striking coach for Dan Henderson, doesn’t appear to be a fan of the lineup for UFC 157.
Henderson will be facing former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in the co-main event Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
But the headliner is newly crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who is taking on Liz Carmouche in what will be the first women’s bout in UFC history.
UFC President Dana White is obviously aware of Rousey’s tremendous marketing potential and her Southern California roots — she lives in Venice and trains with Gokor Chivichyan of Team Hayastan in North Hollywood; Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club; and Leo Frincu at Results Personal Training in Sherman Oaks and SK Golden Boys Wrestling Club in Van Nuys.
But Pugliese doesn’t see it that way — or at least he didn’t when he posted this yesterday to Facebook:
Look for this to be addressed when White and Rousey meet the media Wednesday in Burbank to promote tickets going on sale for UFC 157.
This story was first reported by Gracie Mag.