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UFC Fight Night 114: Sergio Pettis, ‘Fighter To Watch’ tonight in Mexico City

The time has come once again for Sergio Pettis to attempt his long-awaited breakout under the brights lights of the Octagon. After a few missed opportunities in the past, Pettis will get his chance to headline an event later tonight (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 114 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico, when he takes on surging flyweight contender Brandon Moreno.

This is not only a huge fight for “The Phenom” as he looks to burst out from behind the shadow of brother Anthony Pettis, but it’s an incredible matchup in a 125-pound division dying for fresh title challengers. Whoever is able to escape UFC Fight Night 114 later this evening will more than likely lock down the chance to fight UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, assuming “Mighty Mouse” is able to get past Ray Borg at UFC 215 on Sept. 9.

Pettis, 23, was one of the most highly-touted prospects in mixed martial arts (MMA) when he made his UFC debut back in 2013. Anthony had given the Pettis family its name in the sport and Sergio was going to take full advantage of that popularity. Unfortunately, “The Phenom” wasn’t able to push his way towards contention with a submission loss to Alex Caceres at bantamweight in 2014 and a knockout loss to Ryan Benoit at flyweight in 2015.

Now that Pettis has won three in a row he’s hoping to become the “new face” of the vastly depleted flyweight division. With youth on his side and an apparent evolution of skill fueling his recent success, Pettis could jump into title contention for the first time with a win over Moreno in Mexico City. If he’s unable to get past “Assassin Baby,” Pettis will be forced back down the flyweight ladder and have his overall potential questioned yet again heading into 2018.

It’s a hell of a lot to think about, especially considering Pettis is competing in his first UFC main event. But if the Duke Roufus protege wants to take the next step towards fighting the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet he’s going to have to come out victorious in moments like these.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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UFC Mexico preview: Sergio Pettis ready to become more than just ‘Showtime’s’ little brother

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television this weekend (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) with the UFC Fight Night 114 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a flyweight main event between Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno, who battle for a spot in the 125-pound title chase.

See the entire fight card and line up here.

Pettis (15-2) entered the promotion with a ton of hype, thanks to his older brother and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Unfortunately, not everything went according to plan and Sergio got submitted in his sophomore effort.

Since then, “The Phenom” is 5-1 and coming off three straight wins, and finally able to step out from the shadow of his veteran brother.

“I feel like I’m growing into myself, I’m maturing as an individual and as a martial artist,” Pettis told UFC Tonight. “I’m feeling comfortable out there in the Octagon. In the beginning of my career, I was very timid out there. I feel like I’m expressing myself and having a great time doing it.”

Pettis was last seen turning away former division No. 1 contender John Moraga.

Waiting for him will be the red-hot Moreno (14-3), undefeated inside the Octagon and the winner of 11 straight with eight finishes. No question the winner will move themselves one step close to a division title shot.

But will it be Pettis … or Moreno?

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno to headline UFC Fight Night 114

A flyweight bout pitting up-and-coming contenders Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno against one another has been slotted to headline UFC Fight Night 114 on Aug. 5 in Mexico City, Mexico. The UFC announced the bout Sunday on its Spanish portal.

Pettis (15-2) is coming off a disappointing week at UFC 211, where his expected contest against one-time title challenger Henry Cejudo was canceled the week of the event due to a Cejudo hand injury.

Pettis, 23, has won three consecutive contests and is 6-2 overall in the UFC. His latest run includes a pair of decision wins over past flyweight title challengers Chris Cariaso and John Moraga. He is currently the No. 6 ranked flyweight on the UFC’s official media-generated rankings.

Moreno (14-3), meanwhile, has proven to be a revelation in the UFC since his failed run on The Ultimate Fighter 24.

A 23-year-old native of Mexico, Moreno entered TUF 24 as the No. 16 ranked fighter out of 16 and promptly lost a close decision to top-seeded Alexandre Pantoja. Nonetheless, he went on to rip off a trio of electric victories inside the Octagon, defeating Louis Smolka, Ryan Benoit, and Dustin Ortiz to prove himself as a worthy contender in the 125-pound division. “The Assassin Baby” is currently the No. 7 ranked flyweight on the UFC’s flyweight rankings.

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

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UFC 211: Will Henry Cejudo Shutdown The Young And Hungry Sergio Pettis

The main card of UFC 211 features two top level flyweights, each of whom could be considered for a title challenge with a few more good wins. While Henry Cejudo may have already had his crack at glory, Sergio Pettis is looking to throw his card into the Demetrious Johnson sweepstakes (a prize that I’m not sure anyone truly wants to win at this point). This fight has a lot riding on it for both fighters and it’s good to see it opening up the main card for one of the more stacked events of the year (good job UFC, keep this up and people may end up caring about flyweight).

Henry Cejudo has the tools to give anyone at 125 lbs tons of issues. His mix of gritty, powerful and technical wrestling has matched well with his kickboxing style. Cejudo showed in his bout with Joseph Benavidez that he has the ability to go three hard rounds against a tactical and fast paced opponent. His kicking game was also very impressive. The biggest flaw in that fight however was how much power he threw into every shot. If he learns to fight at a more measured pace, picking his shots, flashing the jab to control distance, and level changes when Pettis over commits, we could see Cejudo put on a dominant performance.

The plan of attack for Cejudo should be fairly straight forward. Takedowns will play a major role, as will controlling the clinch and landing heavy punches on the break. Cejudo is likely to have a strength advantage here and he needs to let Pettis understand that as soon as the first bell rings. Cejudo fell in love with his power a bit in his bout with Joseph Benavidez and he’ll want to avoid that here. Basic boxing combinations like the double jab cross will be effective in this fight. He’ll need to stay in Pettis’ face and stay busy the whole time in order prevent the younger man from trying to control the distance. Pettis wants distance which means Cejudo needs to make him feel claustrophobic and fight in a phone booth. Ending combinations with either a left hook or right round kick will do Cejudo a ton of good.

Sergio Pettis may not have the flash and flare of his older brother, but he does indeed have a more complete game. The younger Pettis looks to mix up his attack with sharp striking coupled with some nicely timed level changes. Rather than just focus purely on knocking opponents out, Pettis likes to employ a game that keeps his opposition guessing. He’s as likely to fire off a blistering head kick as he is to shoot for a takedown.

The goal for Pettis here is to frustrate Cejudo and get his distance with kicks immediately before the Olympic wrestler can get comfortable. While kicking against a wrestler can be ill advised, if you get the distance just right it can keep the shorter Cejudo on the outside. The benefit of Sergio Pettis being from a traditional martial arts background means that he has the ability to throw strikes from both stances. It will allow him to confuse Cejudo and, once his opponent is bewildered, land a devastating rear round kick or cross from the southpaw stance.

Most important for Pettis is to ensure his feet keep moving. The younger Pettis has a tendency to stand still at times which can get him into all kinds of trouble with a power puncher and wrestler of Cejudo’s caliber.

Which flyweight will take one step closer to punching their ticket for the Demetrious Johnson horror show?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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UFC 211: Will Henry Cejudo Shutdown The Young And Hungry Sergio Pettis

The main card of UFC 211 features two top level flyweights, each of whom could be considered for a title challenge with a few more good wins. While Henry Cejudo may have already had his crack at glory, Sergio Pettis is looking to throw his card into the Demetrious Johnson sweepstakes (a prize that I’m not sure anyone truly wants to win at this point). This fight has a lot riding on it for both fighters and it’s good to see it opening up the main card for one of the more stacked events of the year (good job UFC, keep this up and people may end up caring about flyweight).

Henry Cejudo has the tools to give anyone at 125 lbs tons of issues. His mix of gritty, powerful and technical wrestling has matched well with his kickboxing style. Cejudo showed in his bout with Joseph Benavidez that he has the ability to go three hard rounds against a tactical and fast paced opponent. His kicking game was also very impressive. The biggest flaw in that fight however was how much power he threw into every shot. If he learns to fight at a more measured pace, picking his shots, flashing the jab to control distance, and level changes when Pettis over commits, we could see Cejudo put on a dominant performance.

The plan of attack for Cejudo should be fairly straight forward. Takedowns will play a major role, as will controlling the clinch and landing heavy punches on the break. Cejudo is likely to have a strength advantage here and he needs to let Pettis understand that as soon as the first bell rings. Cejudo fell in love with his power a bit in his bout with Joseph Benavidez and he’ll want to avoid that here. Basic boxing combinations like the double jab cross will be effective in this fight. He’ll need to stay in Pettis’ face and stay busy the whole time in order prevent the younger man from trying to control the distance. Pettis wants distance which means Cejudo needs to make him feel claustrophobic and fight in a phone booth. Ending combinations with either a left hook or right round kick will do Cejudo a ton of good.

Sergio Pettis may not have the flash and flare of his older brother, but he does indeed have a more complete game. The younger Pettis looks to mix up his attack with sharp striking coupled with some nicely timed level changes. Rather than just focus purely on knocking opponents out, Pettis likes to employ a game that keeps his opposition guessing. He’s as likely to fire off a blistering head kick as he is to shoot for a takedown.

The goal for Pettis here is to frustrate Cejudo and get his distance with kicks immediately before the Olympic wrestler can get comfortable. While kicking against a wrestler can be ill advised, if you get the distance just right it can keep the shorter Cejudo on the outside. The benefit of Sergio Pettis being from a traditional martial arts background means that he has the ability to throw strikes from both stances. It will allow him to confuse Cejudo and, once his opponent is bewildered, land a devastating rear round kick or cross from the southpaw stance.

Most important for Pettis is to ensure his feet keep moving. The younger Pettis has a tendency to stand still at times which can get him into all kinds of trouble with a power puncher and wrestler of Cejudo’s caliber.

Which flyweight will take one step closer to punching their ticket for the Demetrious Johnson horror show?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Davi Ramos: Fight with Sergio Moraes is the greatest grappling match-up in UFC history

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Davi Ramos will make his UFC debut Saturday night against Sergio Moraes, and he believes that his fight will make history.

Ramos, who originally fights in the lightweight division, is a multiple time champion in jiu-jitsu and the 2015 ADCC gold medalist. Ramos is moving up to 170 pounds to replace injured Max Griffin on short notice at UFC Fight Night 106, and welcomes a grappling contest with his fellow BJJ world champion.

“This time it’s two guys with excellent jiu-jitsu, so I believe this will be a great jiu-jitsu show for everyone, which I think is cool,” Ramos said. “We usually face different styles in MMA fights, so facing someone with a style similar as yours will be really cool.”

In fact, based on their credentials in pure jiu-jitsu and grappling competition, Ramos believes that his fight in Fortaleza is the greatest match-up between grapplers in the history of the UFC.

“No doubt about it,” Ramos said. “I haven’t seen two jiu-jitsu world champions competing (against each other) in the UFC. I believe it will be an excellent fight.”

Ramos has competed more often in jiu-jitsu than Moraes, who signed with the UFC after competing at the first edition of The Ultimate Fighter in Brazil, and believes that’s the reason why his jiu-jitsu skills are better.

“I see this fight ending with me submitting him in any way,” Ramos said. “That’s my style. I don’t have a pre-determined style. I can finish with heel hooks, armbars, neck chokes. I’m an athlete with a lot of options, and that’s what I’m looking for.”

“’Serginho’ is a fantastic fighter, he had a great career in jiu-jitsu and is doing his career in MMA now,” he continued. “I definitely see myself better than him everywhere, in jiu-jitsu and standing.”

The UFC newcomer plans on cutting down to 155 pounds after UFC Fight Night 106, and won’t stop competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments.

“That’s the biggest mistake jiu-jitsu athletes make, in my opinion, because they stop competing in jiu-jitsu,” Ramos said. “I don’t plan on leaving jiu-jitsu, especially because I want to keep my jiu-jitsu better than everyone’s in the UFC.”

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Flyweights Henry Cejudo, Sergio Pettis to Lock Horns at UFC 211 in Dallas

A flyweight showdown pitting Henry Cejudo against Sergio Pettis has been added to the UFC 211 lineup.
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Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis added to UFC 211 in Dallas

A flyweight fight pitting top-ranked fighters Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis has been added to UFC 211. The news was first reported on Tuesday by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and was later announced by the UFC.

Cejudo is returning to the Octagon following a controversial split-decision loss to Joseph Benavidez back in December at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. The loss to Benavidez marked the second defeat for the Olympic wrestler, as Cejudo had lost to the Demetrious Johnson in a title fight at UFC 197. The 30-year-old fighter is currently ranked second in the division and holds a professional MMA record of 10-2.

On the other hand, Pettis, a young prospect rising the flyweight ranks, has put together three straight unanimous decision victories. The 23-year-old Pettis last fought in January at UFC Fight Night 103 where he outpointed former title challenger John Moraga. Pettis is ranked fifth in the division and owns a record of 15-2.

UFC 211 is scheduled to take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is set to defend his belt against former champion Junior dos Santos in the main event of the card.

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Flyweights Henry Cejudo, Sergio Pettis to Lock Horns at UFC 211 in Dallas

A flyweight showdown pitting Henry Cejudo against Sergio Pettis has been added to the UFC 211 lineup.
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Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis added to UFC 211 in Dallas

A flyweight fight pitting top-ranked fighters Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis has been added to UFC 211. The news was first reported on Tuesday by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and was later announced by the UFC.

Cejudo is returning to the Octagon following a controversial split-decision loss to Joseph Benavidez back in December at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. The loss to Benavidez marked the second defeat for the Olympic wrestler, as Cejudo had lost to the Demetrious Johnson in a title fight at UFC 197. The 30-year-old fighter is currently ranked second in the division and holds a professional MMA record of 10-2.

On the other hand, Pettis, a young prospect rising the flyweight ranks, has put together three straight unanimous decision victories. The 23-year-old Pettis last fought in January at UFC Fight Night 103 where he outpointed former title challenger John Moraga. Pettis is ranked fifth in the division and owns a record of 15-2.

UFC 211 is scheduled to take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is set to defend his belt against former champion Junior dos Santos in the main event of the card.

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