Unfortunate news surfaced this week that former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was targeted by someone committing a violent act as they set fire to cars in Pettis’ driveway.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the fires, however ‘Showtime’ released a statement via social media about the situation, requesting that anyone with information turn in in to police.
I am a fighter. 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.
Now, Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of Anthony Pettis, has released a statement via Instagram about the matter as well, saying:
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, who is currently competing in the UFC’s flyweight division, is riding a 2-fight win streak that most recently saw him pick up a unanimous decision win over Chris Kelades. Unfortunately, Pettis was recently forced to pull out of his fight with Louis Smolka shortly before the scheduled matchup. Since then, there has been no word as to when Pettis will return to the Octagon.