Sergio Pettis

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Sergio Pettis
Born (1993-08-18) August 18, 1993 (age 25)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Other namesS.P. , Baby Pettis
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
DivisionFlyweight (125 lbs) (2012–2018)
Bantamweight (135 lbs) (formerly, 2018–present)
Reach69 in (175 cm)[2]
StyleTaekwondo, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Rank2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo[3]
Black belt in Roufusport Kickboxing[3]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision11
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision3
Amateur record
By knockout2
By submission1
Other information
Notable relativesAnthony Pettis, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Sergio Jerome Pettis[5] (born August 18, 1993) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of July 22, 2019, he is ranked #5 in the official UFC flyweight rankings.[6]


Pettis went to Pius XI High School.[7] He is the younger brother of former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis. His mother is Mexican and his father was Puerto Rican.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Pettis turned pro on September 10, 2011 against Kyle Vivian at Canadian Fighting Championship 7. He won via TKO in the first round.

On January 7, 2012 Sergio took on Mike Lindquist at Madtown Throwdown 26. He won via submission in round one.

Pettis fought Tom McKenna at LFC 53. He won via first round submission.

Pettis then took on Tony Zelinski at NAFC: Unleashed. He won via second round TKO.

Pettis took on Chris Haney at NAFC: Colosseum. He won via unanimous decision.

In his next fight, Pettis defeated Jimmy Jones via unanimous decision at RFA 4-Griffin vs Escudero.[8]

Pettis was originally set to face Matt Manzanares at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 7, but Manzanares was forced out of the bout due to injury. RFA could not find another opponent for Sergio, therefore the bout was scrapped. Pettis is now set to face Josh Robinson at NAFC: Battleground.[9] Pettis improved his record to an unblemished 7-0 with the unanimous decision victory.[10]

Resurrection Fighting Alliance announced that Pettis will take on UFC vet Jeff Curran for the inaugural RFA Flyweight Championship at RFA 8 on June 21, 2013 inside the historic The Rave/Eagles Club Milwaukee, Wisc.[11] Curran was forced out of the bout due to personal reasons, RFA President Ed Soares reported that Dillard Pegg will take his place and fight Pettis for the flyweight title.[12] He won via KO in the first round to win the RFA flyweight title.[13]

Pettis faced James Porter for the NAFC Bantamweight Championship, at NAFC: Battle in the Ballroom on September 28, 2013.[14][15] Pettis won via first round submission and was subsequently signed by the UFC.[16]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Pettis was expected to make his promotional debut against Vaughan Lee in a bantamweight bout on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167.[17] A week before the fight Lee was forced out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by Will Campuzano.[18][19] Pettis won the fight via unanimous decision.

In his second UFC bout, Pettis faced Alex Caceres at UFC on Fox 10 on January 25, 2014.[20] He lost the back-and-forth fight via rear-naked choke submission late in the third round. Despite the loss, Pettis won a Fight of the Night bonus award for the bout.[21]

Pettis faced Yaotzin Meza on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Pettis faced Matt Hobar on December 6, 2014 at UFC 181.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision. The bout also earned Pettis his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[25]

Pettis faced Ryan Benoit in a flyweight bout on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185.[26] After winning the first round, Pettis was dropped by left hook and finished off with a flurry of ground and pound from Benoit in the second round.[27]

Pettis faced Chris Cariaso on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[28] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[29]

Pettis faced Chris Kelades on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197.[30] Pettis won the fight by unanimous decision. Sergio was dominating most of the exchanges and defending takedowns by attacking the neck. He stunned Moraga many times and arguably won all 3 rounds. Pettis called out Jussier Formiga in his post fight interview.[31]

Pettis was expected to face Louis Smolka on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96.[32] However, Pettis pulled out of the fight during the week leading up to the event citing what his trainer described as "a minor injury" and was replaced by promotional newcomer Brandon Moreno.[33][34]

Pettis was expected to face Jussier Formiga on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[35] However, Formiga pulled out of the fight in late December and was replaced by John Moraga.[36] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

Pettis was expected to face Henry Cejudo on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211.[38] However on May 10, Cejudo pulled out of the fight with a hand injury and the bout was canceled.[39]

Pettis faced Brandon Moreno on August 5, 2017 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 114.[40] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[41]

A rescheduled fight with Cejudo took place on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.[42] Pettis lost the fight by unanimous decision.[43]

Pettis faced Joseph Benavidez on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225.[44] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[45]

Pettis faced Jussier Formiga on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[46] He lost the fight via unanimous decision [47] After the fight, Pettis' head coach Duke Roufus announced that Sergio is returning to the bantamweight division.[48]

Pettis faced Rob Font in a bantamweight bout, on December 15, 2018 at UFC on Fox 31.[49] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[50]

Pettis was expected to face Ricardo Ramos on June 29, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 3.[51] However, on June 15, 2019 it was reported that Pettis pulled out of the bout due to injury.[52][53]

Pettis is scheduled to face Alex Perez on September 21, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 17.[54]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Sergio is the youngest brother of Anthony and Rey Pettis. Sergio graduated from Pius XI Catholic High School located in Milwaukee, WI in June 2012.[55] On November 23, 2003, their father, Eugene Pettis, Jr., was stabbed to death by a robber at a friend's house.[56]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 17 wins 5 losses
By knockout 3 1
By submission 3 1
By decision 11 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–5 Rob Font Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 December 15, 2018 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Loss 17–4 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–3 Joseph Benavidez Decision (split) UFC 225 June 9, 2018 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 16–3 Henry Cejudo Decision (unanimous) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 3 5:00 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 16–2 Brandon Moreno Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno August 5, 2017 5 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 15–2 John Moraga Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn January 15, 2017 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 14–2 Chris Kelades Decision (unanimous) UFC 197 April 23, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–2 Chris Cariaso Decision (unanimous) UFC 192 October 3, 2015 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 12–2 Ryan Benoit TKO (punches) UFC 185 March 14, 2015 2 1:34 Dallas, Texas, United States Return to Flyweight.
Win 12–1 Matt Hobar Decision (unanimous) UFC 181 December 6, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 11–1 Yaotzin Meza Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov June 7, 2014 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 10–1 Alex Caceres Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 3 4:39 Chicago, Illinois, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 10–0 Will Campuzano Decision (unanimous) UFC 167 November 16, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 James Porter Submission (kimura) NAFC: Battle in the Ballroom September 28, 2013 1 2:33 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Return to Bantamweight. Won the NAFC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 8–0 Dillard Pegg TKO (punches) RFA 8 June 21, 2013 1 0:51 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Won the inaugural RFA Flyweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Josh Robinson Decision (unanimous) NAFC: Battleground March 29, 2013 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Return to Flyweight.
Win 6–0 Jimmy Jones Decision (unanimous) RFA 4 November 2, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Tom McKenna Submission (guillotine choke) LOF 53: Memorium June 16, 2012 1 3:52 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 4–0 Chris Haney Decision (unanimous) NAFC: Collosseum May 4, 2012 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 3–0 Mike Lindquist Submission (arm-triangle choke) Madtown Throwdown 26: The Return January 7, 2012 1 1:43 Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Win 2–0 Tony Zelinski TKO (head kick) NAFC: Unleashed November 18, 2011 2 1:59 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 1–0 Kyle Vivian TKO (head kick) CFC 7 September 10, 2011 1 1:46 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Bantamweight debut.


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