UFC Quick Quote: Trainer 'hates' that 'loudmouths' who say 'crazy stuff’ get title shots

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Want a UFC world title shot? Then just start saying “crazy stuff” like the rest of the “loudmouths” and it might happen sooner rather than later, according to John Crouch, head trainer at The MMA Lab.

"I don't like that. 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."

-- Head trainer at The MMA Lab, John Crouch, says if you want an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title shot, all it takes is a little "crazy" stuff to stir the mixed martial arts (MMA) pot. It's often the "loudmouths" to which Dana White and Co. respond ... and reward. During his appearance on "The MMA Hour," Crouch explained that while he doesn't mind that UFC officials tapped Anthony Pettis as T.J. Grant's replacement against his pupil and current Lightweight champion Ben Henderson at UFC 164 (details here), he wasn't "digging" the fact that "Showtime" went from a Featherweight title shot to a 155-pound title fight in the "blink of an eye." Sure, Pettis was lobbying to replace Grant well before the injury occurred, which some believe may have had a hand in "Showtime" getting the nod against "Smooth," but Crouch lamented -- at the end of the day -- the local Milwaukee, Wisc., native was the most deserving replacement. However, it's the trash talkers like Chael Sonnen who are impacting UFC championship matchmaking, which Crouch isn't feeling one bit. Are you?

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