UFC adds second Pettis to roster

Sergio Pettis is officially a UFC fighter (Photo Credit: Tapology.com)
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UFC officials have confirmed that Sergio Pettis, younger brother of current lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, has signed with the organization. Pettis will make his Octagon debut at UFC 167 in the bantamweight division against English fighter Vaughan Lee.

Sergio Pettis, brother of current UFC lightweight champion Anthony, has officially become a part of the UFC roster after signing a contract with the organization today. The pact was first reported by Brazil’s Globo, citing Pettis’ jiu-jitsu coach Daniel Wanderley. Globo also reported he’d fight at UFC 167 on Nov. 16. The UFC confirmed this today as well, revealing that Pettis will be facing English fighter Vaughan Lee at UFC 167.

With the signing, Sergio Pettis becomes the youngest athlete under UFC contract. He turned 20 years old on Aug. 18.

The Duke Roufus-trained fighter made his pro debut two years ago and has since compiled a 9-0 record while competing in multiple regional promotions. Illustrating the same balanced game as his brother, he has three knockouts and three submissions. In his most recent fight, which took place just days ago on Sept. 28, he defeated James Porter via first-round kimura submission at an event in Milwaukee.

Just last month, Anthony Pettis told FOX Sports that he could envision a world with the Pettis brothers reigning over two weight classes.

“I definitely can see that happening,” he said. “My little brother is an amazing fighter, and he doesn’t live off what I’ve done in mixed martial arts. He’s creating his own name. He puts the time in. He’s ready. Like I said, the kid’s amazing. I don’t plan on stopping until he is a champion. So I can definitely see that happening.”

Though he has fought both as a flyweight and bantamweight in the past, Sergio Pettis will be competing at 135 pounds for the UFC.

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