Sergio Pettis
Struggles in return to bantamweight
December 15, 2018
Pettis lost to Rob Font via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday.
Pettis seemed outclassed in this one, as Font was able to land jabs at will and walk through his punches to land harder shots. The younger Pettis brother made the move to bantamweight following the news that the flyweight division was soon-to-be discontinued but there is a real concern that he is simply too small for this weight class, as he wasn't a particularly hard puncher at 125. Pettis falls to 17-5 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Set to fight Font at UFC on FOX 31
October 11, 2018
Pettis will take on Rob Font in his bantamweight debut at UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee on Dec. 15, reports.
Pettis' coach Duke Roufus announced he'd be switching to bantamweight earlier this week, and he already has an opponent in the new weight class. Pettis will have a tall task on his hands, as Font won three of his last five fights by TKO or submission. Pettis, on the other hand, won five of the last seven fights only by decisions. Font also has two inches on Pettis in both height and reach. Pettis has proven to be a tough fighter to take down, but this is a tough matchup, especially for a bantamweight debut.
Headed for bantamweight
October 9, 2018
Pettis will move up to the bantamweight division following his UFC 229 loss to Jussier Formiga, according to his coach Duke Roufus on Instagram (via Luke Thomas of Sirius XM).
Pettis has fought and defeated several elite flyweights throughout his 12-fight UFC tenure, but his team feels the timing was right to make the move. He has previous experience at bantamweight, included three wins in the UFC, and this is a transition his team believes will make him "stronger and more explosive." For perspective, Pettis stands at 5-foot-6 with a 69-inch reach, which is the same height and two inches more reach than current 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw. Pettis would have been one in the next in line for a flyweight title shot had he won Saturday, but he'll now go back to the drawing board and attempt to make a run in a new weight class. His team is hopeful to make his bantamweight debut on Dec. 15 in Milwaukee.
Suffers tough loss at hands of Jussier Formiga Saturday
October 6, 2018
Pettis lost to Jussier Formiga via unanimous decision (26-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Make no mistake about it, this was a massive setback for Pettis. Seemingly on the verge of a title shot before Henry Cejudo upset Demetrious Johnson for the UFC Flyweight Championship in August, Pettis now finds himself at the back of the line. Pettis had considerable issues with the grappling game of Formiga. Formiga has stunningly little power in his hands, but Pettis wasn't able to take advantage of it given the compromising positions he found himself in over the course of the fight. Pettis is just 25 years old and he will be back, but Saturday's performance is awfully disappointing for him.
Draws Jussier Formiga for UFC 229
August 9, 2018
Pettis will fight Jussier Formiga in a flyweight matchup at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Pettis has been on a roll lately, winning five of his past six bouts, with the only loss against recently-crowned champion Henry Cejudo. Pettis will enter this matchup with slight height and reach advantages, as well as a major statistical edge in the striking department. He lands nearly three times as many significant strikes per minute as Formiga, though Formiga is better built for a fight that ends up on the mat. With the flyweight title likely unattainable in the immediate future, Pettis will have to continue racking up wins against top contenders and be standing by for the opportunity when it arises.
Decisions Joseph Benavidez for biggest win of young career
June 9, 2018
Pettis defeated Joseph Benavidez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.
It is by far the biggest win of Pettis's young career. Displaying far improved striking early on, Pettis picked Benavidez apart in Round 1. His output waned considerably in Rounds 2 and 3, but Pettis managed to stuff 17-of-19 takedown attempts from Joe B on his way to the win. In a division lacking high-end depth, this performance showed Pettis has the ability to compete with one of the best 125-pounders in the world. It only takes a handful of big wins in a row to enter the title discussion at flyweight these days.