Anthony Pettis Plans to Be the Face of PFL MMA

Published 12/24/2020, 10:46 PM EST
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)


Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has joined PFL MMA in a stunning move. This is by far the biggest signing the promotion has ever made. “Showtime” defeated Alex Morono in his last outing in the UFC.

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Pettis indicated his desire to explore free agency after his UFC contract ran out. He also indicated a move back down to 155 lbs from welterweight.

Pettis has previously captured the UFC and WEC lightweight titles. And the former 155 lbs kingpin has plans of becoming a world champion yet again in his career.

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PFL MMA recently signed former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. Now, the arrival of a superstar like Pettis will raise their stocks higher than ever. Pettis has proved himself to be a world championship-caliber fighter throughout the course of his dazzling career.

Speaking to SCMP MMA, Pettis revealed, “Honestly, I knew what I was looking for, My goal right now at this stage of my career to become a champ.”

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)

Pettis also added, “I’m still young in this game, I’m back motivated and hungry to become a champion and the deal the PFL offered me was very, very fair. And the opportunity to become a champion in 12 months, that’s exactly what I was looking for.

Anthony Pettis is still a world-class fighter despite recent off form

“Showtime” Pettis still remains one of the most entertaining fighters in the world. He has the ability to beat any fighter around his weight class on a given day. His skillset and ability are beyond any question.

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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)

His addition to the PFL roster will certainly bring many more eyes to the promotion. Since Pettis has made it clear that he will be fighting at lightweight again, it seems just a matter of time before he becomes a champion.

Were you shocked to see Pettis join PFL MMA?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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