Stance: Orthodox
Division: Lightweight
Height: 5' 10"
Reach: 72"
Leg reach: 40.00
Weight: 155 lbs.
Team: Roufus Sports
Nationality: Milwaukee, United States
Out of: Milwaukee, WI
Age: 33


Wins by KO: 11
Wins by submission: 7



Significant Strikes Attempted: 1829
Significant Strikes Landed: 858


Takedowns Attempted: 23
Takedowns Landed: 8


Anthony Pettis is an American mixed martial artist and former UFC Lightweight Champion. During his career, he has fought in the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Strikeforce, and UFC organizations. He currently competes for the Professional Fighters League (PFL).

Pettis was born on January 27th, 1987 in Milwaukee Wisconsin to Eugene and Annette Pettis. As a child he grew up training in taekwondo alongside his brother Sergio at the family-owned gym; however Anthony’s true passion was football. Originally a running back attending school at Dominican High School of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin; it wasn’t until later that he would pursue his dreams of becoming a professional fighter after being inspired by watching the MMA fights on television with his father Eugene.

At age 20, Anthony had made it clear to everyone around him that fighting was going to be a major part of his life when he made his amateur Mixed Martial Arts debut against Michael Fordham which ended in win via submission due to Rear Naked choke hold just 53 seconds into round one. After this fight, Anthony continued competing as an amateur fighter appearing seven times before turning pro three years later.

Once making the transition from amateur to professional fighter things began really taking off for Pettis who signed with WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) where he won four out of five fights leading up to receiving title shot against then champion Benson Henderson where Pettis won via guillotine choke early round two thus earning himself first ever world championship belt as well becoming only third man ever earn finish inside octagon history along way winning “submission night bonus”. Following this victory over Henderson Pettis went onto defend title twice more against Clay Guida Josh Thomson both ending similar fashion with submission victories rendering him WEC’s first lightweight champion stay undefeated during promotion run before merging into Ultimate Fighting Championship late 2010 where continued success winning Fight Night bonuses various events including Upset Year Award 2012 versus Joe Lauzon adding another highlight reel moment future contender highlight reels alike following record setting kick off cage wall during match further cementing legacy as one most technical exciting strikers all time within sport martial arts .

Anthony Paul Pettis, born on January 27, 1987, is a renowned American professional mixed martial artist. Coming from Mexican ancestry, Pettis was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he learnt the importance of hard work and dedication at a young age. With his brothers, Reynaldo and Sergio, the young Pettis grew up in a family deeply rooted in martial arts.

Pettis took to martial arts at an early age, cultivating a passion for taekwondo and boxing when he was five. This proficiency would later become an asset when he took up mixed martial arts at Roufusport, where he earned a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo. Over the years, he would continue to enhance his skills, also training in capoeira. His father’s tragic death in 2003, however, derailed his focus from the sport, leading him to a brief hiatus.

He found his path back to martial arts in 2006 when he attended an open house at Roufusport MMA Academy. That began his professional journey into MMA. After an impressive amateur record of 3-0, he debuted professionally in 2007.

Before Pettis signed up with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), he sharpened his skills under the tutelage of kickboxing master and MMA trainer, Duke Roufus. Pettis also had a brief stint with The Ultimate Fighter where he learned valuable skills, although he didn’t make it to the show.

Pettis’ progression in the sport was steady. He successfully built a reputation as a smooth, technical fighter and won the WEC Lightweight Championship. However, due to a hand injury, his promotional debut against Anthony Njokuani, scheduled for WEC 40, was postponed.

From his debut at WEC 41, Pettis had a series of wins and setbacks. Despite suffering his first professional loss at WEC 45, he bounced back with a knockout win over Danny Castillo at WEC 47. Some of his defining bouts during this time include his fights with Rob McCullough, Alex Karalexis, and Shane Roller.

The merger of the WEC with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) catapulted Pettis into the global spotlight. Despite losing to Clay Guida on his UFC debut, Pettis took subsequent victories against contenders like Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, Donald Cerrone, and Gilbert Melendez during his tenure in UFC.

Following his loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185, Pettis decided to move down to the featherweight division. In spite of the initial glitches, he soon found his footing and rebuilt momentum in the new weight class.

In July 2017, Pettis returned to lightweight against Jim Miller at UFC 213 and won. His ups and downs in the ring continued, with triumphant wins and hard-fought losses. Some of his memorable fights during this period were against Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, Max Holloway, and Tony Ferguson.

In March 2019, Pettis made a comeback to welterweight after a decade to face Stephen Thompson at UFC on ESPN+ 6. He emerged victorious in a stunning knockout, earning a Performance of the Night award.

The following year, Pettis drop backed to the lightweight division where he took on Carlos Diego Ferreira at UFC 246. Despite losing, Pettis kept pushing forward, showing the same resilience that defined his journey in MMA. His career embodies the spirit of fighting — fall seven times, stand up eight. His story serves as an inspiration to millions around the globe.

Fight History

Alex Morono
Anthony Pettis: Winner
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. Dec 19, 2020
UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal
Donald Cerrone
Anthony Pettis: Winner
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. May 09, 2020
UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje
Diego Ferreira
Anthony Pettis: Defeated
by Submission in Round 2
Sat. Jan 18, 2020
UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy
Nate Diaz
Anthony Pettis: Defeated
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. Aug 17, 2019
UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2
Tony Ferguson
Anthony Pettis: Defeated
by KO/TKO in Round 2
Sat. Oct 06, 2018
UFC 229


What Is Anthony Pettis' Record?
Anthony Pettis' record stands at 24 wins and 10 losses with no draws.

What Is Anthony Pettis' Net Worth?
The net worth of PFL fighter Anthony Pettis is currently unknown.

Who Will Anthony Pettis Fight Next?
Anthony Pettis will fight Benson Henderson next in a trilogy headlining Karate event.

Who Is Anthony Pettis In UFC?
Anthony Pettis is a former UFC Lightweight Champion who has competed in the Welterweight, Lightweight, and Featherweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Professional Fighters League (PFL).

Does Anthony Pettis Participate In Boxing?
Yes, Anthony Pettis has begun participating in boxing, as evidenced by his impending boxing debut on March 29, 2023.

Who Is Anthony Pettis' Wife?
As of the latest information available, Anthony Pettis is not publicly known to be married.

What Is Anthony Pettis' Cage Kick?
Anthony Pettis' cage kick is a maneuver where he runs up the side of the cage, pushes off with his right foot, and delivers a powerful head kick to his opponent.

Who Is Anthony Pettis' Brother?
Anthony Pettis's brother is Sergio Pettis, who is also a professional mixed martial artist.

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