For #2 ranked UFC bantamweight fighter, Sergio Pettis (17-5), a bad taste was left in his mouth after losing in a judge’s decision last October to Jussier Formiga. After carrying around Formiga like a backpack for most of the fight, Pettis will have the opportunity to quickly bounce back from that fight this Saturday night as he will face Rob Font (15-4) on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Lee vs Iaqunita 2 from his hometown of Milwaukee, WI. “He had a good game plan for me,” explained Pettis. He didn’t want to strike with me. Honestly, it did suck but you learn a lot from those.”
And it was shortly after that fight that Pettis made the decision to move up from flyweight to bantamweight and welcomes Font and anyone else that the UFC puts in front of him. “I don’t care who they put in front of me,” said Pettis. “I believe in my skillset and I’m at the right time in my life to fight whomever they put in front of me. Font was the next name, so I was like ‘hell ya’, I’ll take the fight.”
This being UFC’s last fight card on Fox as they have penned a deal with ESPN for 2019 and beyond, being the younger brother of former UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis and having the pressure of fighting in front of your hometown crowd could be to much for some to handle. Not Pettis. “I’m sure some people think about it but not me,” explained Pettis. “I’m really focused on my goals and my goal is to go out there and have a great performance this Saturday night.
And speaking about his brother Anthony, who despite losing this past October to Tony Ferguson at UFC 229, a fight that was later given the Fight of the Night honor and is in contention for Fight of the Year, left a lasting impression and set the stage for his little brother to follow with a memorable fight of his own this upcoming weekend. “It’s inspiring,” explained Pettis of Anthony’s fight. “He looked good and he had a good time doing it. Makes me want to go out there and have a battle and enjoy it, every single step of it, win or loss. I want to put on a show for the crowd, put on a show for ourselves and go out on our shields. My last fight I really didn’t get to showcase much of what I have or much of what I can do. I’m tired of holding back. That performance showed me that its time to let go and don’t worry about the outcome and just make the outcome happen.”
As the UFC will depart ways with Fox after this weekend, Pettis would also like to part ways with leaving his fights in the hands of the judges and go back to his winning ways he had just a short time ago. “My goal is to come out of the fight and get a finish in the UFC,” explained Pettis. “I’ve gone to a decision in all my fights in the UFC and I want to get back to my finishing ways. I feel like I’ve made a lot of changes outside and inside of my camp that are going to show this Saturday.”
Sergio Pettis will face Rob Font Saturday night, December 15th, on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 live from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI and live on Fox. Main card starts at 7pm CT.
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