Undefeated prospect Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, has signed with the UFC. A report surfaced late Monday night from Globo.com to announce the signing. The Brazilian news outlet confirmed the news with Pettis’ jiu jitsu coach, Daniel “Big Dog” Wanderley.
Pettis (9-0) is coming off of a win over the weekend on the local circuit in his hometown of Milwaukee. The RFA flyweight champion is set to make his UFC debut at UFC 167 in Las Vegas, but no opponent has been announced.
Also, in a bit of a surprising move, Pettis’ debut in the UFC will reportedly be in the bantamweight division.
Pettis had previous offers from the UFC, but turned them down in an effort to gain more experience before making the jump. Apparently, it worked out.
Following his most recent win against James Porter at NAFC: Battle At The Ballroom, Pettis dropped to his knees and asked for his chance in the UFC. Now, he will finally get his shot on the sport’s biggest stage.
It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Pettis against in his debut, because it will give us an idea of whether they plan to bring him along slowly or put him immediately in to title contention.
We will have to wait and see.
UPDATE: Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting says the deal is “not done yet,” but could happen as soon as today.
Regarding reports of Sergio Pettis signing with UFC, I’m told it’s “not done yet” but sounds close and could be a done deal as soon as today
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 1, 2013