The UFC have snapped up the highly touted prospect Sergio Pettis, brother of current lightweight champion Anthony, to a multi-fight deal and will hand him his debut at UFC 167 in November.
Pettis will fight at bantamweight for his UFC debut, though his opponent has not yet been named.
The 20 year-old has been making waves in the mixed martial arts world since his brief amateur career in 2009-2010 and then burst on the professional scene a year later with two head kick finishes in a row.
In total he’s gone a perfect 9-0 so far in his pro career with his latest victory coming by way of a first round kimura submission this past weekend, earning the NFAC bantamweight title in the process, while his previous victory added the Resurrection Fighting Alliance flyweight title to his trophy cabinet.
Make no mistake, Pettis is very much the real deal and not just someone who’s getting a leg up thanks to his older, more famous brother so he’s an exciting addition to the UFC’s roster.
And of course the scary thing for the rest of the fighters in the UFC’s lighter weight classes is that Pettis is so young that there’s no doubt he’s going to improve leaps and bounds in the coming years, just as his older brother did under the watchful eye of Duke Roufus at his gym in Milwaukee.
Get a taste of what to expect from the UFC’s newest recruit in the highlights package below.