Anthony Pettis will walk into the octagon this Saturday for the last time under the UFC banner. He has confirmed that this fight is the last one as per his current contract, and so far there has been no talk about an extension or renewal.
Anthony Pettis has been with the UFC for a long time now. However, this will be his first fight in the small octagon at the UFC Apex. He will face Alex Morono at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Neal. In the build-up to this fight, here are a few lesser-known facts about this UFC veteran.
Anthony Pettis has been with the UFC for almost a decade. He made his promotional debut back in 2011 at the UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3. ‘Showtime’ went up against Jeremy Stephens and won that bout via a split decision.
Since his UFC arrival, Pettis has fought in multiple divisions and has racked up a 23-10-0 professional record. His most recent victory was against Donald Cerrone at UFC 249. ‘Showtime’ claimed the bout via unanimous decision to end a two-fight losing streak. This was their second clash; Pettis came out victorious the previous time as well.
Anthony Pettis has fought in the featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight divisions of the UFC and has been successful through and through. He even became one of the 10 men who secured the UFC undisputed lightweight title.
He has etched his name among the likes of Eddie Alvarez, Rafael dos Anjos, Jens Pulver, Sean Sherk, B. J. Penn, Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, Conor McGregor, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Anthony Pettis held the title for a whopping 560 days, making him the third longest-reigning UFC undisputed lightweight champion.
Anthony Pettis has claimed 11 post-fight bonuses for his performances during his time with the UFC and WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting). These bonuses added up to a sum of $445,000 over his career. A man who knows to put on a show deserves this kind of money!
During his first five professional fights, Pettis had established himself as a fast finisher and a man to be feared. He ended all of his five fights inside the very first round. He went up against Tom Erspamer, Lonny Amdahl, Michael Skinner, George Barrazza, and Mike Lambrecht and won all these fights within a combined time of less than eight minutes.
‘Showtime’ won all these fights via T/KO.
Anthony Pettis is probably into his last fight as per his contract. In this time, the former champion has made sure that his presence has been felt in the promotion. He is currently ranked #12 in the welterweight division. The fighter has a 52% grappling accuracy and a 47% striking accuracy. With 11 wins coming via knockout and 7 via submission, Pettis is a man that can do it all.
He has even gone the distance several times but prefers doing the work himself without much interference from the judges. Anthony Pettis is a man of talent and vigor Would you like to see him continue with the UFC?
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