EXCLUSIVE | At Just 19 Sergio Pettis Says He Is Ready For Call From The UFC | MMA NEWS
For now, the last name Pettis is associated with UFC lightweight contender turned featherweight title challenger Anthony “Showtime”
Pettis but MMA fans will soon recognize another. Anthony’s younger brother, 19 year old Sergio Pettis is on the rise and hungry to make a statement in MMA’s bantamweight division.
Sergio currently sports an undefeated professional record (6-0) with a recent victory over prospect Jimmy Jones at RFA 4 this past November. BJPenn.com Radio recently spoke with Sergio and got his thoughts on his career, his brother’s upcoming featherweight title fight and more.
On being “Showtime’s” brother
“All of the people that I fight, and my coach always tells me this but they always think that if they beat me they are also beating my brother. I’m a kid still, I’m only 19 years old and my recent opponents have tried to bully me a little bit but I just kept calm and stuck to the gameplan,” Pettis told BJPenn.com Radio.
“My brother and I both started martial arts at a very young age with Tae-Kwon-Do and he was really great. He was doing all of these flashy kicks and now he’s in the UFC and he’s the best striker in his division.
Nobody was expecting him [to finish Cerrone], not even me. I was expecting a war and I was really nervous for him but as soon as he turns into “Showtime” he’s a totally different person. He’s calm, he’s ready and having him in my life is amazing. He knows what to do and what not to do and he’s helping me not make the same mistakes, I love my brother.”
Wants to fight in the UFC before age 21
“If the UFC calls me tomorrow I am for sure ready to go. My contract states that if ZUFFA calls me then my contract with RFA is cancelled. My goal is to be in the UFC by the time I’m 20 years old which is this year so sometime in 2013 I want to start my quest for a UFC belt.
I think I can strike with all of the guys in my division in the UFC. I’m still new to this and I don’t think I perform to my full potential yet. When I’m in the gym that’s when I’m at my best but I do feel the pressure from being Anthony’s little brother and people want to see me do kicks off the cage so I let that get to me a little too much.
On Anthony calling out Jose Aldo for featherweight title fight
“Anthony has been talking about fighting Jose Aldo for awhile. He’d always tell me that he’d love to fight Aldo but he never told me he was going to call him out after the Edgar fight. I saw it all going down on Twitter and I texted him at like 2 in the morning asking if he really called him out and he said yes. He tells me everything so it was a little surprising that he didn’t tell me that one.”
He is going to be a really big featherweight and have the reach advantage against Aldo. The only thing he’ll have to worry about is matching Aldo’s speed because Aldo is a very fast guy. Aldo did show some holes in his last fight though, he doesn’t check kicks and I think my brother is more creative than him. He’s going to expose Aldo and find that hole in his game and everybody is going to attack it once my brother defeats him.”
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