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Surveillance video: Anthony Pettis hit again as two thugs ransack his car in broad daylight

Somewhere in London, Gary Numan weeps.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contender Anthony Pettis should probably consider using that two-car garage. Or maybe at the very minimum, he should think about locking the doors to his Range Rover.

I dunno, call me old fashioned.

Pettis recently posted surveillance video that showed two brazen thugs stealing from his unlocked car — in broad daylight — as it sat parked outside his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That’s the second time “Showtime” was targeted for his high-priced vehicles.

Though the first incident was much, much worse (see it).

Pettis will have to put this mess behind him as he prepares for his interim featherweight title fight against Max Holloway (details), taking place in the upcoming UFC 206 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

For much more on that pending fight card click here.

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Duke Roufus: Sergio Pettis Out of UFC Fight Night Portland with ‘Minor Injury’

Sergio Pettis will not be able to face Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night 96 on Oct. 1.
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Anthony Pettis calls out Michael Johnson after UFC Fight Night 94, ‘The Menace’ accepts

After knocking out Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC Fight Night 94 last night (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) in Hidalgo, Texas (see it again here), Michael Johnson was immediately called out by former Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis via Twitter.

Once he caught wind of the callout, Johnson was quick to remind everyone it was he that called out “Showtime” long ago. that said, he is more than willing to take him on (via UFC on Fox Sports).

“If Anthony Pettis fights 55, he dropped to 45 didn’t he? I’m pretty sure I called him out a long time ago and he went down to 145 pounds. But if he wants to fight, Anthony, I’m you’re man, I’m all for it. He’s a great ex-champ and a great guy and I would love to fight him.”

Of course, Anthony’s first choice would be an interim featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo, after the champ called him out, much to the chagrin of Max Holloway.

But, should that fight not be made, Pettis — who made a successful drop to 145 pounds against Charles Oliveira a few weeks ago — is willing to pack on the pounds to return to the division he once ruled.

Anyone oppose?

For complete UFC Fight Night 94 results and analysis click here.

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JOSE ALDO WANTS ANTHONY PETTIS FOR MONEY FIGHT.

“No more Mr. nice guy…”

It seems everyone’s catching on to the new economic turn of the UFC. Previous nice guys from Tyron Woodley,  Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, to now Featherweight interim champ Jose Aldo are calling for big money fights! Where did they learn this current trend? Daddy Dana, that’s who.

In a recent interview with Brazilain TV show Revista Combate, Aldo explained that he’s looking for a big money fight, and if it’s not with Mcgregor, his close second would be former lightweight champion and kick heard round the world performer Anthony Pettis.

“I’m already frustrated that it might happen, but we’ll see,” Aldo recently told Brazilian TV show Revista Combate. “Every night I ask ‘give me one more chance to get in there again with him and I know it won’t happen again.’ but if it’s not him, I think I’d prefer to fight Pettis. I with them learned that I don’t have to look at the promotion’s side, the title run. A fight with Pettis would sell a lot more than Holloway.

He’s right. While Max Holloway has been on a 9 fight win streak since losing to Conor McGregor in 2013, the Anthony Pettis match up is a much bigger fight. And while it may be “fair” for Holloway to get the next big matchup, we all know that term is very fluid in the world of UFC.  Plus, Aldo held the belt for 5 years and is now the #1 contender in a division where the champion is all but vacant, he should have some say.

“Holloway is way tougher than Pettis today,” Aldo said. “‘Do Bronx’ (Oliveira) was winning the fight, but (his cardio) goes down drastically during the fight. I think that a fight with Pettis would sell a lot and is way easier for me. If I had to choose one of them it would be him because it sells more and I have a better chance, but I respect him.”

“I’m trying to get a fight at this UFC card in New York, but we’ll see what ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) has to say when he comes back. ‘Dede’ is (in Cleveland) now for a meeting with Dana to decide our future. I hope everything goes right. If it’s not against (McGregor) we fight for the undisputed belt. We’ll see.

Before we get into the issue of whether Jose Aldo is ducking anyone let’s not forget that this fight was set to happen years ago. After seeing Jose Aldo defend his belt against Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, Pettis texted Dana White saying he would accept the fight. Pettis later had to pull out due to a knee injury.

“Something interesting happened about 10 minutes ago,” White said at the postfight news conference. “Anthony Pettis said, ‘I want to go to 145 and fight Jose Aldo.’ He told me he’ll make 145.”  -Dana White (2013)

Ultimately it comes down to Dana. Even though the organization has new owners, it seems they’re still leaving him to headline the sport aspect of the UFC. While either fight would be a barn burner, it would be nice to see these two wizards go head to head.

Smart move, or coward’s journey? What do you guys think of Jose Aldo calling out the featherweight newcomer?

 

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Jose Aldo wants Anthony Pettis next if Conor McGregor doesn’t return to featherweight

Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis can finally happen in 2016.

“Showtime” Pettis was scheduled to face Aldo for the 145-pound gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, but pulled out due to a knee injury. He gave up on the idea of going down to featherweight for years, but finally did it at August’s UFC on FOX 21, when he beat Charles Oliveira.

Aldo, who claimed the interim UFC featherweight title with a decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, hopes to get his rematch against Conor McGregor for the undisputed championship next, but sees other options if “The Notorious” doesn’t return to his original weight class.

“I’m already frustrated that it might happen, but we’ll see,” Aldo recently told Brazilian TV show Revista Combate. “Every night I ask ‘give me one more chance to get in there again with him and I know it won’t happen again.’ but if it’s not him, I think I’d prefer to fight Pettis. I with them learned that I don’t have to look at the promotion’s side, the title run. A fight with Pettis would sell a lot more than Holloway.”

Max Holloway has won nine in a row since losing a decision to McGregor in 2013, and Aldo admits that he’s a tougher match-up.

“Holloway is way tougher than Pettis today,” Aldo said. “‘Do Bronx’ (Oliveira) was winning the fight, but (his cardio) goes down drastically during the fight. I think that a fight with Pettis would sell a lot and is way easier for me. If I had to choose one of them it would be him because it sells more and I have a better chance, but I respect him.”

Aldo reiterated that fighting Holloway would make sense ranking-wise, but he’s more interested in “money fights” now. Targeting to return to action by the end of the year, Aldo hopes to be part at the UFC 205 pay-per-view card in New York, scheduled for Nov. 12.

“It makes sense, but I’m not looking at the whole title thing now,” Aldo said of fighting Holloway in New York. “I look at the financial aspect of it. I thought about my legacy and career before, but now I look with different eyes. I think Dana White taught me that. The biggest slice of the cake has to be mine.

“I’m trying to get a fight at this UFC card in New York, but we’ll see what ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) has to say when he comes back. ‘Dede’ is (in Cleveland) now for a meeting with Dana to decide our future. I hope everything goes right. If it’s not against (McGregor) we fight for the undisputed belt. We’ll see.”

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Duke Roufus: ‘If Anthony Pettis would have lost his last fight I was going to stop coaching’

A couple of weeks back, on the Friday night before the UFC on FOX 21 fights in Vancouver, Duke Roufus swore that the Anthony Pettis we were about to see was more like the old Anthony Pettis, the one that ended up on the Wheaties box as the lightweight champion. There was a shift in the focus during training that led him to believe that Pettis would be the best version of himself we’d ever seen.

Pettis proved his coach right by submitting the Brazilian Charles Oliveira in a frenetic back-and-forth bout that many people considered the Fight of the Night. It was a successful foray at featherweight for “Showtime,” who needed a win in the worst kind of way after dropping three fights in a row.

How dire was it?

As a vicarious entity living through Pettis in the corner, Roufus said on Monday that it was it was literally put up or shut up. Had Pettis lost to Oliveira, the Milwaukee-based trainer said during an appearance on The MMA Hour he would have walked away from coaching. Everything he had worked to build was riding on the outcome of that one fight.

“I’ve only told a couple of people this — Anthony, one of my really good friends in Canada, and one of my business partners — if Anthony Pettis would have lost his last fight, I was going to stop coaching,” he told Ariel Helwani. “He had his back against the wall, I had my back against the wall. And, I’m serious. That’s how much this kid’s life means to me.

“But that’s how invested I am as a coach. And that’s the mentality I have going into this [CM] Punk fight.”

Roufus passed the first test, and now prepared for another. He has been training CM Punk — who makes his UFC debut at UFC 203 this weekend in Cleveland against Mickey Gall — for the last year-and-a-half at Roufusport in Milwaukee. The scrutiny on his coaching will come into play again, as the former WWE star makes his crossover into the literal realm of mixed martial arts. Yet he was in good spirits Monday, using the word “grateful” on more than one occasion to be in a spot to either succeed or fail with his new charge.

The Punk fight would have been a lot different if Pettis had lost. Roufus elaborated on his mindset heading into that bout, and spelled out how much coaching means to him.

“Yeah, I take responsibility for winning and losing when coaching,” he said. “I’m the type of guy who wants to be in the trenches with my people. I felt like we had one of the best camps in a long time, that connectivity, I was inspired by Anthony’s hunger as well, too. It was a very crucial part of his career. It was. No one took the losses worse than me, and of course Anthony. I know his potential is, and I know what he’s capable of.

“He’s a special force, and I just want to see him shine. And he did. I feel like the next stage of his career is going to be a special one. He’s got a special, special motivation right now.”

Asked if Pettis knew about his plan to walk away from coaching should he come up short against Oliveira, the 46-year old Roufus said he didn’t think that would be conducive to getting the most out of his fighter.

“No, no, I didn’t want to cloud his vision,” he said. “I didn’t want to cloud his thoughts and mind. I didn’t want my hang up to be his hang up, if that makes sense. It’s just where I was at as a coach, and professionally. I don’t know, maybe it was a psychological trick to just make me extra hungry in his camp.

“I don’t know if it was reality or not, but that was the mindset I had coming in. And sometimes that’s what it takes to win a fight, getting your mind right. You don’t have to be a god all year, you’ve only got to be a god on fight night. So, the mind is an incredible thing. It can either play tricks on you, or you can play tricks on your mind to make it do things special for you.”

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Despite featherweight cut, Anthony Pettis ‘definitely not done at lightweight’

VANCOUVER — Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis talks about his cut down to featherweight, his fight against Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21, his mindset coming off a three-fight losing streak, his future at 155 pounds, and much more.

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Alex Caceres vs. Sergio Pettis full fight video

At UFC on Fox 10, Alex Caceres earned submission and fight of the night bonuses after battling against Sergio Pettis. That night, Caceres defeated Pettis with a third-round rear-naked choke.

Now, Caceres is scheduled to face featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Fight Night 92. That card takes place on August 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Sergio Pettis doesn’t feel he belongs in the top 10: ‘I still have work to do’

LAS VEGAS – Sergio Pettis talks about his decision victory over Chris Kelades at UFC 197, his training in Albuquerque, fighting in the same card as his brother Anthony Pettis, his UFC career, and much more.

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Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis full fight video highlights

Watch Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis full fight video highlights from UFC 197′s main card above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux took place April 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (18-5) squared off against Edson Barboza (17-4) on the night’s main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Johnson vs. Cejudo, check out the play-by-play, courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Shaun Al-Shatti.

Round 1: Oh man, this match-up is fire. Herb Dean is the man in charge. No touch of gloves for this one. Both men bouncing on their heels. Feels like anything could happen here. Barboza kicks to the body. Nice step-in…

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