Anthony Pettis Parts Ways With the UFC After 12 Long Years

Published 12/23/2020, 11:13 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 has announced that he will part ways with the UFC after spending 12 long years under the banner. Pettis has been one of the most popular mixed martial artists of the last decade, winning the last bout of his UFC contract this weekend against Alex Morono.

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There have been rumors of him dropping down to 155 lbs as he proposed a bout against Tony Ferguson. But it is confirmed that ‘Showtime’ will look to pursue his future in a different direction.

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Pettis has had an immensely successful career. The former WEC and UFC lightweight champion has had an incredible resume. Any organization would love to have such a name on their roster.

Known for his highlight-reel knockouts and submissions and a flashy fighting style, ‘Showtime’ was a fan favorite throughout his 12 years run. He was a true entertainer inside the Octagon.

But recently, he hasn’t been his best self as a fighter. In fact, with his win over Morono, he was on a winning streak for the first time since 2014. Pettis joined the UFC as a WEC veteran with a record of 13-1. He was also the 155 lbs champion of WEC.

Despite dropping his UFC debut against Clay Guida, Pettis put together a 5 fight win-streak after that. He won and defended the UFC lightweight championship in the process. After dropping the belt to Rafael dos Anjos in 2015, Pettis has been inconsistent in his UFC run. He leaves the organization with a record of 24-10.

What’s in the future for Anthony Pettis?

Pettis remains a world-class fighter with huge experience and an unmatched skillset under his belt. He still is world championship-caliber and can beat anybody on a given day.

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Organizations like Bellator MMA and PFL MMA would love to add a superstar name like his on their roster. It did come as a surprise that he decided to end his run with the UFC. But there will be no shortage of takers as he wishes to explore free agency.

Where should ‘Showtime’ go?

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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