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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.
On the first attempt, Anthony Pettis kicked a can brilliantly off his brother’s head.
The second attempt though Anthony’s aim was a tad off against Sergio. Poor, poor Sergio had no idea.
One of the toughest moments in Sergio Moraes’ life became his biggest motivation for UFC Fight Night 80.
Weeks after signing a contract to face Omari Akhmedov on Dec. 10 in Las Vegas, the jiu-jitsu specialist saw his 13-year-old daughter Beatriz attempt suicide in Curitiba, Brazil, where he lives and trains.
“Bia”, as Moraes calls her, jumped out of the window of his apartment in the fourth floor. She fractured a foot and her spine, but survived. The welterweight managed to stay focused on his bout while taking care of his family, and dedicated the first knockout win of his career to her.
“It was a big shock when that happened,” Moraes told MMAFighting.com. “She’s my baby. I had her when I was 19, and we really don’t look like father and daughter. I’m like her older brother, we talk and have fun all the time. But, imagine that… I don’t know how I would be now if something had happened to her.”
Moraes never considered pulling out of the fight. He wanted to show “Bia” that you can overcome everything in life with hard work and perseverance. Against Akhmedov, Moraes taught a perfect lesson, scoring a finish after losing the first couple rounds.
“I never thought about cancelling the fight,” Moraes said. “I said ‘I’ll go for it, I’ll show her we can do whatever we want’. Everyone goes down in life, but you have to make the difference and stand back up.”
“I had to continue training, to stay focused and motivated,” he continued. “I have to thank my team around me, my friends, and also UFC Brazil manager Giovani Decker. He heard about it and called me. ‘How are you? Do you need anything?’ I was surprised. He really is completely different from the others.”
HOUSTON — Sergio Pettis is back on the winning track.
The 22-year-old Milwaukee native stumbled in his return to flyweight in March, losing to Ryan Benoit. But the younger brother of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis rebounded with a strong all-around performance Saturday night against Chris Cariaso.
Pettis won via unanimous decision, taking scores of 29-27, 29-27, 29-28.
Pettis, who appeared considerably larger than his opponent, set the tone early when he caught an attempted Cariaso kick and deposited him on the mat. Cariaso got out of that predicament, but later in the round, Pettis dropped Cariaso to the mat with a straight right hand. Pettis then laid out a ground-and-pound assault, but Cariaso managed to get to the end of the round.
“I hurt him, but he’s hard to finish,” Pettis said. “He a veteran and he’s a tough guy.”
There was less action in the second round, which included a standup by the referee after a Pettis takedown led to little action. But Pettis still got the best of things by tagging Cariaso with a variety of strikes.
In the third, Cariaso had his best round, as he got Pettis to the mat, pushed through a nasty Pettis upkick to get top control, and eventually maneuvered Pettis into a heel hook/armbar attempt. Pettis, however, managed to hold on until the horn and preserve the win.
With the victory, Pettis improved to 13-2 and won for the third time in his past four fights. Cariaso (17-8) has dropped three in a row.
“He’s a great opponent, he’s a top-10 guy in the division and I’ve been watching him since high school,” Pettis said. “I have a lot of respect for him.”
Sobotta, who tapped late replacement Steven Kennedy in the first round Saturday night in Berlin, Germany, called out Moraes after the fight, accusing him of faking an injury to avoid the fight.
“My sources tell me that he was never injured in the first place”, Sobotta told GNP.de (translated by Bloody Elbow). “He didn’t want the fight, wasn’t hungry enough or whatever. I don’t know. Maybe he simply shit his pants. I hope he will get his shit together and has the courage to get in the ring with me. I mean, he is injured, but posted a picture of him training today. That doesn’t fit. It’s sad, but maybe we can still do the fight someway down the road.”
Moraes vs. Sobotta was originally booked for UFC Fight Night 64 in Krakow on April 11, but was the one to Sobotta pull out with an injury. Mickael Lebout ended up taking the fight on short notice and lost to Moraes via unanimous decision.
In a statement sent to MMAFighting.com, Moraes responded to Sobotta’s allegations.
First and foremost, I have to remind him that I went to Poland to fight and he didn’t show up. I wasn’t the one to pull out of the card. And let’s remind him again that he was scheduled to fight someone else who got hurt, and I accepted to go there because I was ready. I wanted to fight him this time, but I got injured. I’m already treating this injury. I have no reasons to lie.
I didn’t post a photo of me training. I wasn’t training. I still teach jiu-jitsu classes, and I have done seminars in Poland, Germany all over Europe. But now I have to teach a private class, a private class to Sobotta. I will show him that even injured I can teach him a lesson.
My students have nothing to do with it. I have to teach classes even when I’m injured. And I can teach a class only speaking. But now I want to show him that my jiu-jitsu is available for everyone, including him. I’m not afraid of Sobotta. We have to understand that sometimes God changes our destiny for a reason. God gave him a chance, ‘don’t go that way because it’s not going to be good for you’, and Sobotta is insisting. He wants this fight. So this fight will happen.
I’m not afraid of fighting you in Europe. I went there after you. You were not there, but I never said you were afraid. I don’t think Sobotta is afraid, I only think Sobotta is stupid. He’s stupid. Ok, let’s do this fight. Whenever I’m ready, I’ll post a video on my Instagram inviting you for a fight. What are you going to do about it? Are you going to submit me? Are you going to knock me out? I heard you are a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, so I want to know what are you going to do about it? Where are you running to? Ah, okay, you will try to keep it standing, but, hey, I’m getting better standing and I can complicate it for you.
Sergio Moraes is again sidelined with an injury.
The Brazilian grappler, who spent 617 days outside the Octagon with a severe knee injury, was forced out of an upcoming UFC Fight Night 69 bout with Peter Sobotta on June 20 in Berlin. The promotion announced on Tuesday that Sobotta will now face UFC newcomer Steven Kennedy.
Moraes told MMAFighting.com he suffered a spine injury, but it won’t require surgery.
Sobotta (14-4-1), who went 0-3 in his first UFC run in 2009 and 2010, defeated Paweł Pawlak via unanimous decision in his return to the Octagon in May of 2014. He was expected to return in April against Moraes, but was forced out of the UFC Fight Night 64 card with an injury.
Kennedy (17-6) signs with the UFC after racking up seven straight victories in Australia, five via stoppage. The welterweight fighter will compete outside of Australia for the first time in his professional MMA career.
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Dennis Siver vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Peter Sobotta vs. Steven Kennedy
Nick Hein vs. Lukasz Sajewski
Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Masio Fullen
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Alan Patrick
Alan Omer vs. Mike Wilkinson
Niklas Backstrom vs. Noad Lahat
Scott Askham vs. Antonio dos Santos Jr.
Piotr Hallmann vs. Magomed Mustafaev
The UFC announced on Tuesday that Moraes and Sobotta, initially expected to battle in April, will collide at the upcoming UFC event in Berlin. UFC Fight Night 69 is scheduled for June 20 at the 02 World Arena.
Moraes improved to 9-2 as a mixed martial artist with a win over Mickael Lebout, who stepped in on short notice at UFN 64. The Brazilian, who is also scheduled to grapple with Leandro Lo in a jiu-jitsu match at Saturday’s Copa Podio in Rio de Janeiro, won his last three under the UFC banner.
Sobotta (14-4-1), who went 0-3 in his first UFC in 2009 and 2010, returned to the promotion after winning five in a row in the Europe circuit, including three submission victories in one night in 2012. Sobotta scored his first UFC win with a decision over Paweł Pawlak at Berlin’s UFN 41 last May.