Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis (15-2) is set to make his way back to the Octagon after an eleven month absence this weekend at UFC on FOX 6. At the Chicago show, Pettis takes on Donald Cerrone on the Fox broadcasted main card and is expecting a “War” versus ‘Cowboy’ once the two step into the cage. ‘Showtime’ feels that all of Cerrone’s trash talk has to do with the fact that he is the No. 1 contender and that to get at the lightweight belt Cerrone has to go through him to do it.
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“2013 will be the year of ‘Showtime’.” Anthony Pettis recounts some of his most exciting moments inside the Octagon.
Pettis takes on fellow lightweight Donald Cerrone on January 26 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on the FOX broadcasted main card of the upcoming UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson event.
Greg Jackson will have a busy night Jan. 26 at UFC on Fox 6.
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Headlining UFC on FOX 6 will be a flyweight title match between champion Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) versus challenger John Dodson (14-5), while lightweights Donald `Cowbowy`Cerrone (19-4) and Anthony Pettis (15-2) take up the co-main event position.
Also a possibility for the FOX card, is a light heavyweight bout between former title holder Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (32-10) and rising star Glover Teixeira (19-2). This according to Jackson who posted the notice on Twitter (@rampage4real) earlier today.
- Outside the cage I hate no one. Life is too short for that. In side the cage my Job is to destroy! Glover is done on Jan 26 n Chicago..
UFC on FOX 6 is expected to take place January 26, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The main card will air on FOX with the preliminary card airing on FUEL TV.
Johnson captured the flyweight title in September by defeating Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152, while Dodson paved his way to a title shot by stopping Jussier Formiga last month at UFC on FX 5.
Cerrone is coming off a “Knockout of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” one round victory over friend Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 last August. While Cerrone, who has been out recovering from an injury and subsequent surgery, was last in action in Japan in February with a “Knockout of the Night” win over Joe Lauzon.
Jackson and Teixeira were scheduled to fight at UFC 153 in Brazil last month but ‘Rampage’ was forced to withdraw due to injury. Jackson’s last fight was in Japan at UFC 144, losing a decision to Ryan Bader. While Teixeira kept on with the UFC 153 event, finishing Fabio Maldonado via TKO
‘UFC on FOX 6′ Announced With Flyweight Title Fight, Cerrone vs. Pettis; Rampage/Teixeira Also Reported
(…sit back there and say his jacket ain’t luxurious when you know it is, bitch.)
The UFC announced yesterday that its next UFC on FOX event — slated for January 26 at Chicago’s United Center — will be headlined by Demetrious Johnson‘s first flyweight title defense against TUF 14 winner John Dodson. Dodson has gone 2-0 at 125 pounds since his stint on the reality show, including his recent TKO of top contender Jussier Formiga.
But hey, maybe you don’t care about that sort of thing. Luckily, the UFC also confirmed that UFC on FOX 6 will feature the long-rumored lightweight tilt (and possible #1 contender match) between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, a guaranteed barnburner for which Cerrone has already promised to “pack a lunch.” Considering that Pettis has been out of action since February due to injuries, Cowboy might be the favorite here. Of course if he wins, Cerrone could be booked against a guy who already beat him twice in the WEC, or a guy who punked him as badly as any UFC fighter has ever been punked — which makes us wonder if this is one of those “#1 contender match for one guy but not necessarily the other”-type scenarios.
But wait, there’s more…
Though it hasn’t been formally announced by the promotion yet, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson let the cat out of the bag via twitter that his match against Glover Teixeira is a go for the 1/26 event. The two light-heavyweight bangers were originally supposed to meet at UFC 153 in Rio, but Rampage injured his elbow before the match, which has given him a lot of free time to complain and complain and complain.
Just like December’s UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz card, it’s a pay-per-view caliber lineup that we’ll be getting for free. Early predictions: Johnson/Dodson goes to decision, Cerrone/Pettis wins Fight of the Night, and Rampage blames his impending loss on an injury. Fine, call me a hater — but see if I’m wrong.
LONGTIME ROUFUSPORT FIGHTER ANTHONY “SHOWTIME” PETTIS BECOMES GYM PARTNER; TEAMS UP TO LAUNCH NEW TV SHOW
Roufusport teams up with WI National Guard for “WI MMA Today”
Press Release – November 6, 2012 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): Roufusport, one of the top MMA fight gyms in combat sports today, announced today that UFC featherweight contender Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, a longtime member of the Roufusport family, has become a partner alongside Head Coach Duke Roufus and General Manager Scott Joffe in their endeavors with the Roufusport MMA Academy and NAFC (North American Fighting Championships) businesses.
In addition, Pettis has joined Roufus, Joffe, and the Wisconsin National Guard in unveiling their latest collaborative effort, the “WI MMA Today” television show, which is debuting Saturday, November 10th, 2012 on WCGV TV My 24 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and surrounding coverage areas.
“For me to become part owner of the gym that started my career in the UFC means the world to me,” exclaimed Pettis. “I get to give other fighters the opportunity that Duke’s gym gave me. I’m sure there will be a lot of new responsibilities, but I’ve been running gyms since the age of 16, so it will be nothing new. I’m looking forward to new challenges, including the television show.”
“I would like to thank Duke Roufus and Scott Joffe for the opportunity, and my family and friends for supporting me while I achieve my goals.”
“WI MMA Today” will premier it’s first of 13 episodes on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at 10:30 PM on My 24 with online rebroadcast of each episode on NAFC’s YouTube channel (NAFC.tv) set for the subsequent Monday following its television airing.
Focusing on the state’s amateur adult mixed martial arts and youth Pankration competitors and training facilities, “WI MMA Today” will seek to bring an increased amount of exposure to this rapidly growing segment of the Badgerland population.
“What an awesome opportunity this is to help grow the sport of MMA in Wisconsin,” stated Roufus. “That is so important to me and the rest of the Roufusport family. I’d like to thank our partners for helping to achieve this.”
“WI MMA Today” hosts Scott Joffe, Duke Roufus, and Anthony Pettis will be joined by WI Combat Sport’s Paul Fladten in bringing viewers fight highlights, human interest features, training tips from the pros and a multitude of other exciting programming centered around MMA.
“’WI MMA Today’ was made possible from strong partnerships we have developed with groups and companies like the Wisconsin National Guard, CONCEDE, Showtime Sports Bar, Tiffin Mats, and of course, support from the fans,” said Joffe. “Without the fans’ interest, and in some cases, subsequent participation in MMA and Pankration, we wouldn’t have a reason to produce the show.”
“Stagnant economy or not, we felt the timing couldn’t be more perfect than now to launch WI MMA Today,” continued Joffe. “Mixed martial arts participation and viewership continues to rise and ‘WI MMA Today’ plans on giving Wisconsin’s strong base of fighters and camps a chance to really shine in the limelight on television in Wisconsin and globally online.”
Footage from November 3rd’s NAFC “Armageddon” MMA show at the WI State Fair will be featured in “WI MMA Today’s” first season’s run. Both adult and youth bouts will be showcased.
WCGV-TV, digital channel 25 (virtual channel 24.1), is a television station located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, affiliated with MyNetworkTV Its signal covers most of southeastern Wisconsin, including the cities of Racine, Kenosha, Sheboygan, and Waukesha. The station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a duopoly in Milwaukee with WVTV, and the station’s transmitter site is on Milwaukee’s northwest side, co-located with WVTV on the Milwaukee Public Television broadcast tower. It is available digitally over the air, on Time Warner Cable, Dish Network and DirectTV.
In partnership with the Wisconsin National Guard, “WI MMA Today” is powered by CONCEDE (concedemma.com). Sponsors include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer (pabstblueribbon.com), Roufusport MMA Academy (roufusport.com), Showtime Sports Bar & Grill (showtimemke.com), and Tiffin Mats (tiffinmats.com). Media partners of the show include FM 102 One (fm1021milwaukee.com), Minuteman Press Waukesha (mmpwaukesha.com), Shepherd Express (expressmilwaukee.com), and WCGV TV My 24 (my24milwaukee.com). “WI MMA Today” theme song “Leaders of the Revolution” performed by Milwaukee’s Well Informed Citizens.
For more information on Roufusport, please visit http://roufusport.com/. You can also find them on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/roufusport, and on Twitter @RoufusportMMA.
Roufusport is run by famed kickboxer and MMA trainer Duke Roufus and his business partners Scott Joffe and Anthony Pettis. It is a world class brand that includes a state-of-the-art training facility, fight team, and MMA promotion, the North American Fighting Championship.
Duke Roufus is one of the most recognizable MMA and striking coaches in North America, and is considered to be one of the top trainers of Muay Thai kickboxing outside of Thailand. Roufus also runs the Roufusport Fight Club team, which includes UFC stars Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Alan “The Talent” Belcher, Erik “New Breed” Koch, Chico “King” Camus, and Germany’s Pascal “Panzer” Krauss, in addition to Olympic wrestler and Bellator Fighting Championship Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren.
Former students include former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, The Ultimate Fighter season one star Stephan Bonnar, and UFC veterans Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione, Ben Rothwell, and Jesse Lennox.
Anthony Pettis was hospitalized last week after a bout with cellulitis, which according to WebMD, “is a skin infection caused by bacteria.”
Pettis was released from a Milwaukee hospital after a three-day stay. He said on Monday that he was “feeling a lot better.”
The news of his release was first reported on Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV, while AXS TV first reported his hospitalization last week.
As for his ongoing feud with Donald Cerrone, Pettis said his plan is still to fight Cerrone on Jan. 26. The UFC has yet to officially announce the lightweight fight or a card on that date.
He called Cerrone’s recent talk of being tired of waiting for him “funny” and was looking forward to fighting the former WEC star.
“I’m not going to fight unhealthy,” Pettis said.
Of course, the Pettis-Cerrone tilt was delayed after Pettis underwent shoulder surgery over the summer. His recent hospitalization had nothing to do with the surgery.
Pettis also dismissed any talk of the Cerrone fight being for a No. 1 contender spot in the lightweight division.
“I don’t even care anymore,” he said. “Until the contract is signed, I’m not thinking about that.”
Pettis pointed to the fact that he has been offered title shots in the past but those never materialized, so now he is focused solely on Cerrone.
Just as talks started for an upcoming match-up between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis for title contention in the lightweight division, we hear the mournful news that Pettis has been rushed to the hospital with a case of staph this morning. Though Pettis’ manager Daniel Roberts does not feel it is severe, unattended – staph …
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With a staph infection sideline former WEC champ Anthony Pettis in the short term, top lightweight competitor Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (19-4, 1NC) is losing his patience waiting for a bout between him and ‘Showtime’ to happen.
The two are expected to meet this coming January but this latest injury to Pettis could delay this fight.
Speaking to ESPN.com, Cerrone, who is getting the itch to step back into the cage after fighting five times last year, is unsure of his next move whether it’s to take on a lesser opponent or to wait for Pettis in a No. 1 contender match.
“Joe (Silva’s) attitude is, ‘Why would you want to go from the top of the division to fight somebody in the middle and potentially risk everything,’” Cerrone said. “My management team says the same thing, ‘You should want the belt.’ I do want that belt.
“(The Pettis fight) is the No. 1 contendership. Of course it means something to me. That’s the ultimate goal is to get that title. That makes sense. Does waiting on him make sense? I don’t know.”
“At this point, if they call me tomorrow and say, ‘We need you next week,’ I’ll be game,” he said. “I don’t know what the next step is.”
Cerrone is 6-1 in the UFC with since joining the promotion in January 2011. The ‘Cowboy’ hasn’t been inaction since last August when he squared off with friend Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 finishing ‘The Young Assassin’ via first round knockout.