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UFC Signs Sergio Pettis; Unbeaten Prospect to Debut Against Vaughan Lee at UFC 167

Undefeated prospect Sergio Pettis will make his UFC debut next month against Vaughan Lee.
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First UFC Opponent for Sergio Pettis Nearly Finalized

Not long after news surfaced that the younger brother of Anthony Pettis, Sergio, is UFC bound, it looks like the 20 year-old has his first opponent secured. According to Globo’s Combate.com, Pettis will take on bantamweight Vaughan Lee on November 16th at UFC 167. MMA Junkie.com has also confirmed that the fighters have verbally agreed […]

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Unbeaten Sergio Pettis signs with UFC, debuts at UFC 167

No, you’re not seeing double. There are now two Pettises in the UFC.

Sergio Pettis, the 20-year-old younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, has signed with the organization.

According to a report in Brazil’s Globo, Pettis will compete at bantamweight and make his debut at UFC 167 on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas against an opponent to be named.

The Milwaukee native has been fighting professionally for two years. He’s 9-0 with three knockouts and three submissions, and he held the Resurrection Fighting Alliance flyweight title.

His most recent victory was on Sept. 28, where he scored a first-round victory via Kimura over James Porter.

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Jeff Curran Pulls Out of Fight with Sergio Pettis – Earns Dog Owner of the Year Honors

(“In the arms of the angel, flyyy awaaayyyyy from here…” | Jeff Curran Twitter)

WEC and UFC veteran Jeff Curran once fought at 155 pounds, but these days the thirty five year-old is campaigning at 125 pounds in an effort to give some new fire to his career. He looked serious about his effort to get back into the big show when he signed to fight top prospect Sergio Pettis at RFA 8 this past Friday in Milwaukee, WI.

Pettis is undefeated and nineteen years old. He’s also the younger brother of top UFC moneyweight contender Anthony Pettis. You may have heard that Pettis won Friday night, but not against Curran. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt pulled out at the last minute and was replaced by Dillard Pegg.

Pettis finished Pegg with apparent ease in the first round, but the real story here is the reason why Curran says he pulled out of the fight in the first place.

Curran didn’t get injured. His dog did.

We haven’t seen or heard much of an explanation about the situation from Curran yet, but he was busy defending himself on Twitter this past weekend. Turns out, Curran’s family dog was injured badly, breaking both arms recently. As a result, Curran pulled out of the RFA 8 bout with Pettis.

“The only people that deserve explanation of my reasons to pull from this fight was @RFAfighting and my team/family. None of anyones Biz!” Curran tweeted on June 21st.

He went on, “i am a 16 year pro who never missed dude. i fought sick, injured after family tragedy. grow up”

The fighter suggested through his tweets that it wasn’t simply about his dog, but also about supporting his kids and being there for his wife who needed help during this time of difficulty.

When the twitterverse criticized Curran for his decision, things got real. “introduce yourself to me if u ever see me, i will knock your teeth in.. no charge,” he replied to one critic.

“remove ‘dog lover’ from your bio and add ‘family hater’ to it. then your comment will fit your profile,” he tweeted at another.

A full picture of the Curran family saga isn’t yet available, but you can check out the strange, long string of tweets on his account for yourself. It kinda sounds like his dog got messed up, and it would have been a gigantic hassle for his wife to take care of it and a houseful of kids, to say nothing of the business affairs from his gym, while he went away for a few days to fight. What do we know?

In any case, Curran says that his dog is on the mend. What would you degenerates have done if you were in Curran’s shoes this past week: Stay at home with the family and crippled dog or head to Milwaukee for a weekend of fighting, hookers and blow?

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Unbeaten Prospects Sergio Pettis and Lance Palmer Stay Perfect, Earn Gold at RFA 8

Though an LCL injury thwarted Anthony Pettis‘ chance to bring home UFC featherweight gold this August, his 19-year-old brother Sergio saw to it that Roufusport added another piece of hardware to the trophy case Friday night in Milwaukee, knocking out Dillard Pegg in just 51 seconds to win the vacant Resurrection Fight Alliance flyweight title.
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Jeff Curran Says Loss to Sergio Pettis Could End Career

After winning his flyweight debut this past weekend at Extreme Challenge 227,  Jeff Curran has started the latest chapter in his 15 year career off well, one that he hopes ends with a UFC win. The 35 year-old veteran has lost all three of his Octagon appearances to date, the first via unanimous decision to …

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Sergio Pettis-Jeff Curran Flyweight Title Bout Headlines RFA 8 in Milwaukee on June 21

Sergio Pettis and Jeff Curran will vie for the inaugural RFA flyweight championship at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 8, promotion officials Monday announced.
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RFA 7 Gets New Main Event; Sergio Pettis Now Tops March 29 NAFC Show

The RFA 7 fight bill has undergone a change of plans, as headliner Leandro Silva will no longer do battle against Brandon Thatch at the March 22 event.
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NAFC: Battleground To Feature Rising Phenom Sergio Pettis In Main Event

NAFC BattlegroundPress Release – (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): The North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) today announced the main event for its next electrifying fight event, “Battleground,” which takes place Friday, March 29, 2013 inside the newly remodeled Potawatomi Bingo Casino-Expo Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally, the main event was to feature UFC veteran Marcus LeVesseur, who unfortunately suffered an injury in training and had to withdraw.

Replacing LeVesseur will be Roufusport’s Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis, brother of UFC star Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. The homegrown rising star was scheduled to face Matt Manzanares in the RFA on March 22nd, but Manzanares was forced out with an injury, leaving Pettis without an opponent. The RFA was gracious enough to allow “The Phenom” to return home to Milwaukee for this bout in the NAFC, where he will take on experienced striker Josh Robinson.

Two additional bouts have been announced for “Battleground,” as well. In the co-main event of the evening, Jose “Temato” Pacheco () from Adrian Serrano’s Combat Gym will take on Unified MMA’s “Captain” Morgan Sickenger of Manitowoc, Wisconsin in a highly-anticipated encounter between two local crowd favorites.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, with the undercard for “Battleground” starting shortly thereafter, the main card begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com
, by calling 800-745-3000, in-person at Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater Box Office, and at the door the night of the event. Tickets are $ 100 VIP Cageside ($ 110 door), $ 60 Floor Reserved ($ 70 door), and $ 35 Bleacher General Admission ($ 40 door). For more information, please visit http://nafc.tv/ticketing.php.

“We are extremely grateful to Ed Soares and the RFA for allowing Sergio to step up and take the main event slot on our NAFC card in his own hometown,” said NAFC partner and promoter Scott Joffe. “Sergio is a great, up-and-coming young fighter, and his many fans in Milwaukee love watching him compete. He’s definitely got a tough battle on his hands with Josh Robinson, and I expect nothing but non-stop fireworks between the two!”

A solid kickboxer with a developing ground game, the 19 year-old Pettis (6-0) has experienced a fast start to his career, winning all six of his professional MMA fights. He’s won two fights by TKO, two by submission and two by decision, giving him a good amount of well-rounded experience at such a young age. Now, he’ll put his undefeated record on the line against Robinson, who beat “The Phenom’s” teammate Dustin Ortiz by split-decision last year in the NAFC.

“I’m extremely grateful the RFA has given me an opportunity to fight outside of the organization,” explained Pettis. “I trained really hard for Matt Manzanares and cut a lot of weight, but, unfortunately, he got injured. So this was a blessing to get a fight in my hometown once again. Thank you, RFA!”

Regarding Robinson, Pettis said, “I saw him fight my teammate Dustin. He is very active and explosive…it’ll be an interesting fight. I’m excited to showcase my skills in front of my hometown once again, and Robinson better be ready, because I’m bringing my A game. And to the fans…they can expect to see greatness on the 29th.”

Josh “Shortstack” Robinson (7-6) is a tough-as-nails scrapper who has already made a name for himself in Wisconsin for his victory over Ortiz. He now has the opportunity to really make a splash in the MMA world with his bout against Sergio Pettis and he feels more than ready.

“To me, the name Pettis is only the name of the guy in front of me,” stated Robinson. “His last name doesn’t make him any better a fighter than my name makes me. It’s just that: a name he happens to share with his family. I have already shown the Wisconsin fans that I have world class standup, and we all know Sergio does too. But I’m coming in a new fighter, a new person, and a new man. I have tons of respect for Sergio, but also feel he had never faced an opponent like me. I’m not afraid of a name or a gym.”

To Sergio, Josh has a message: “My message to him is this: good luck, Sergio. No disrespect, but I have to end this fight with a statement. I have had a bad couple fights in a row, and that madness has made me more dangerous than an undefeated fighter. See you on the 29th!”

The full “Battleground” fight card will be released shortly. Stay tuned to http://www.NAFC.tv/ for the latest information!

About NAFC

North American Fighting Championship is operated by famed fight trainer Duke Roufus and his business partner and producer Scott Joffe. 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 Belcher, Erik “New Breed” Koch, Pascal “Panzer” Krauss and Chico “King” Camus.

NAFC creates and produces events that feature combatants who have fought in the UFC, WEC, and other top level organizations, as they take on local fighters looking to make it to the next level. Current and former UFC fighters who have fought on past NAFC and Gladiators Fighting shows (the NAFC’s predecessor) include Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, former UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne, Ben Rothwell, Pat Barry, Eric “Red” Schafer, Jesse Lennox, Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski, Jason “Dynamite” Dent, Rex Holman, Joe Doerksen, Dan Bobish, Ryan “The Lion” Madigan, Josh “Heavy” Hendricks, and Sherman “The Tank” Perdergarst.