|Born||Anthony Paul Pettis
January 27, 1987
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
3rd degree black belt in |
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Sergio Pettis, brother|
|Website||Official UFC Profile|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Anthony Pettis (born January 27, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. He was the final WEC Lightweight Champion before merging the promotion into the UFC. As of March 17, 2014, he is #7 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
Born to Eugene Perez before he Anglicized it to Eugene Pettis, Anthony Pettis Jr. and Annette Garcia, Anthony Pettis grew up in the south side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, along with his older brother Ray Pettis and younger brother Sergio Pettis. Pettis is of [African] Puerto Rican and Mexican ancestry. His grandfather Anglicized the family name from Perez to Pettis to avoid discrimination. Pettis attended Dominican High School.
On November 23, 2003, Pettis' father was stabbed to death by a robber at a friend's house.
Anthony "Showtime" Pettis made his professional MMA debut in December 2007. He compiled an undefeated record of 8–0 in shows all based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before debuting with the WEC. Pettis also has a professional kickboxing background.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Pettis made his WEC debut at WEC 41, where he defeated Mike Campbell via first round triangle choke.
Pettis rebounded from the loss with a head kick KO victory over Danny Castillo on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47, earning Knockout of the Night honors. Training for the fight, as well as Pettis' family life, were both documented on an episode of the MTV show, World of Jenks.
Pettis faced Shane Roller on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50. Pettis surprised many by taking down Roller multiple times and frustrating him with fast paced scrambles. Pettis displayed a lot of diversity in his striking, namely two Capoeira kicks, including the martelo as well as the aú batido. After several submission attempts, Pettis finally secured a fight ending triangle choke in the closing seconds of the fight, earning a Submission of the Night bonus.
His last WEC fight came against Benson Henderson on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53 for the WEC Lightweight Championship. The fight was closely contested throughout, providing back and forth action, both standing and on the ground. In the fifth round, Pettis jumped off the cage with a move now known as the Showtime Kick with his right foot, making a shearing movement with his left leg, then kicking Henderson in the face with his right foot. Pettis won the fight via unanimous decision (48–47, 49–46, 48–47) to become the final WEC Lightweight Champion. The fight was also awarded as Fight of the Night which won Henderson and Pettis an extra $10,000.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pettis was expected to face the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, which took place at UFC 125. However, the bout was declared a draw, and Edgar/Maynard 3 was scheduled for UFC 130, but both fighters sustained injuries before the fight, which was postponed.
Instead of waiting for the winner of Edgar/Maynard 3, Pettis faced Clay Guida on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. Despite repeatedly getting taken down by Guida, Pettis showed good defense off his back, controlling Guida's wrists and attempting multiple submissions, while taking little damage, even securing Guida's back. However, Guida was able to escape and in return secured Pettis's back to end the third round ultimately giving Guida the victory via unanimous decision.
Pettis defeated Jeremy Stephens via split decision on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136 in a closely contested bout. Pettis used superior wrestling to control Stephens which was especially showcased in round 2, where he was able to take Stephens down three times.
After spending the majority of 2012 recovering from a litany of injuries, Pettis faced Donald Cerrone on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6. Pettis won the fight by TKO in the first round, finishing Cerrone with a kick to the body. The performance also earned Pettis Knockout of the Night honors. After the victory, Dana White said he was 'sold' on Pettis and admitted that after Benson Henderson against Gilbert Melendez on UFC on Fox 7, Pettis was to be the next to fight for the lightweight title.
On February 5, it was announced that Pettis would not wait for a title shot at lightweight, and would instead be dropping down to 145 pounds to challenge featherweight champion, José Aldo on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163. However, on June 14, Dana White announced that Pettis had pulled out of the Aldo bout with an injury, and that Aldo would instead defend the title against Chan Sung Jung.
Following a quick recovery, Pettis received a UFC lightweight title shot as he replaced an injured TJ Grant against Benson Henderson on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164. The fight was a rematch from the last WEC event, WEC 53, where Henderson was defeated by Pettis via unanimous decision. Pettis defeated Henderson via armbar submission in the first round, taking a championship belt from Henderson for the second time, and becoming the new UFC Lightweight Champion. The win also earned Pettis his first Submission of the Night bonus award in the UFC.
Pettis was expected to make his first title defense against TJ Grant on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9. However, Grant revealed in mid-September that he has yet to be medically cleared after suffering a concussion in training and would not be eligible to compete on December 14 and opted to decline the bout. Pettis was then expected to face Josh Thomson at the event. However, the bout was cancelled in mid-November after Pettis pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury.
Jose Aldo again was in talks to fight Pettis after defending his title against Ricardo Lamas. At The post fight conference, Aldo expressed interest to move up and fight Pettis at 155 lbs, Pettis then responded via text to Dana White. Dana White went on to say that the two were set to meet. However, with Gilbert Melendez recently becoming a free agent and in talks with rival MMA organization Bellator, the UFC matched Bellator's offer to keep Melendez in the organization and promised to give Melendez the next title shot; scrapping Aldo vs Pettis. Pettis will now be a coach of The Ultimate Fighter 20. He will be coaching against Gilbert Melendez.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Gladiators Fighting Series
- GFS Lightweight Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
- FIGHT! Magazine
- 2010 Newcomer of the Year
- Inside MMA
- 2013 Male Fighter of the Year Bazzie Award
- USA Today
- MMA Live
- 2010 Breakout Star of the Year
- 2013 Submission of the Year (vs Benson Henderson)
- MMA Freak.com
- 2013 Submission of the Year vs Benson Henderson
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||17 wins||2 losses|
|Win||17–2||Benson Henderson||Submission (armbar)||UFC 164||August 31, 2013||1||4:31||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||Won the UFC Lightweight Championship; Submission of the Night; Submission of the Year (2013)|
|Win||16–2||Donald Cerrone||TKO (kick to the body)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson||January 26, 2013||1||2:35||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||15–2||Joe Lauzon||KO (head kick and punches)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||1||1:21||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||14–2||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (split)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||13–2||Clay Guida||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale||June 4, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC Debut.|
|Win||13–1||Benson Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 53||December 16, 2010||5||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States||Won the WEC Lightweight Championship; Fight of the Night; Fight of the Year (2010)|
|Win||12–1||Shane Roller||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 50||August 18, 2010||3||4:51||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Alex Karalexis||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||2||1:35||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||10–1||Danny Castillo||KO (head kick and punches)||WEC 47||March 6, 2010||1||2:27||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||9–1||Bart Palaszewski||Decision (split)||WEC 45||December 19, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Mike Campbell||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 41||June 7, 2009||1||1:49||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Gabe Walbridge||TKO (head kick and punches)||GFS: Season's Beatings||December 13, 2008||1||0:56||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||Defended the GFS Lighweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Jay Ellis||Submission (punches)||GFS 55||October 4, 2008||1||1:12||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||Defended the GFS Lighweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Sherron Leggett||Decision (split)||GFS: Fight Club||June 21, 2008||3||5:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||Won the GFS Lighweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Mike Lambrecht||KO (head kick)||GFS: Knockout Kings||March 29, 2008||1||1:49||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||4–0||George Barrazza||TKO (kick to the body and punches)||GFS: The Warriors||February 16, 2008||1||4:31||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||3–0||Michael Skinner||TKO (punches)||GFS: Seasons Beatings||December 1, 2007||1||0:36||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||2–0||Lonny Amdahl||Submission (injury)||GFS: Rumble in the Cage||August 17, 2007||1||0:12||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||1–0||Tom Erspamer||TKO (punches)||GFS: Super Brawl||January 27, 2007||1||0:24||Wisconsin, United States|
Pettis appeared on episode 4 of World of Jenks, where documentary maker Andrew Jenks lived with Pettis for a week before his fight against Danny Castillo at WEC 47. The episode gave an inside look into Pettis' fight preparations as well as giving insights into his family life.
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- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Anthony Pettis from Sherdog
- WEC Bio
- Anthony Pettis on Twitter
- MMA Freak Best of 2013 Awards
|7th WEC Lightweight Champion
December 16, 2010 – December 16, 2010
WEC Lightweight division
was dissolved into the UFC
|6th UFC Lightweight Champion
August 31, 2013 – Present