5 Things You Must Know About Anthony Pettis

Published 12/17/2020, 5:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 23: Anthony Pettis prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Edson Barboza in their lightweight bout during the UFC 197 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


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.

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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 entry into UFC

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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.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: (L-R) Anthony Pettis stands in the Octagon between rounds of his bout against Jim Miller in their lightweight bout during the UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

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 been around the UFC divisions

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.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MARCH 23: Anthony Pettis walks to the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Stephen Thompson during the UFC Fight Night event at Bridgestone Arena on March 23, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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.

Bonus man Pettis

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!

The first 5 fights

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.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Anthony Pettis prepares for the start of his lightweight bout against Carlos Diego Ferreira during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

‘Showtime’ won all these fights via T/KO.

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Stats and records

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.

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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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