In the early hours of Thursday morning three of UFC fighter Anthony Pettis’ vehicles were set on fire in his driveway in a suspected arson attack, and the fighter has now issued a statement expressing his shock and disbelief at having been the victim of such a crime.
“I am a fighter,” Pettis wrote on Instagram. “I won’t be defeated by this. I am also extremely confused and saddened by the events that occurred. I am grateful that no one was harmed by this cowardly act. My life as well as my loved ones were put in danger. I cannot understand why someone would want to hurt myself or my family. I will do everything I can to ensure that we find out who committed this crime and that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I’m constantly defending my choice to stay in this city. Regardless of the crimes that have been occurring lately, this is my home. I really hope the city that I rep has my back on this one and helps by reporting anything they know about this. #teampettis #250k”
Pettis’ brother Sergio, who also competes in the UFC, also issued a statement expressing similar sentiments.
“The cars might be broke but we will never be broken. Not sure why or who did this to us very confused on that matter. We truly love Milwaukee and everybody that comes from our city. We all came from the same roots the same daily struggles. It’s an honor representing all of us, it’s more than just fighting for us. We believe martial arts can change lives. We go out there and express ourselves in a different form of art hoping we that we can inspire. We might come from a violent sport but we are peaceful people. So let’s end the violence in our city and come together. The more we rise each other up the more we can all succeed and grow . #TeamPettis #StaySmilingNoMatterWhat.”
Sergio Pettis also released a photo showing th extent of the damage to one of his brother’s vehicles, which had clearly been torched far beyond repair.