Sergio Pettis: MMA Prospects Report 2013

Flyweight Division

#2 Prospect: Sergio Pettis



Sergio Pettis has already been labeled as the next big thing thanks to his big brother, UFC title contender, Anthony Pettis. Sergio has a similar skill-set as Anthony, having trained in Taekwondo and boxing at a very early age. Pettis competed in the amateur ranks of MMA from 2009-2010 before making his pro debut in 2011 as a Bantamweight. Pettis started things off with a bang, knocking out his first two opponents before using his BJJ to submit 2 of his next 3 opponents. Pettis was supposed to sign with Tachi Palace Fights, which housed many of the top Flyweights in the world, but the promotion soon shut its doors. Luckily Sergio signed a 4-fight contract with Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA), which has proven to be a perfect destination for developing prospects.

Pettis’ RFA debut was at Bantamweight as he squared off against fellow rising prospect Jimmy Jones. Pettis  gave up a ton of size and was tested early in the fight, but Jones ultimately faded down the stretch, allowing Pettis to earn the decision victory. Afterwards, Pettis wisely decided his immediate fighting future would take place at 125 lbs. He defeated journeyman Josh Robinson and is now scheduled to face his stiffest challenge to date in UFC veteran Jeff Curran.

Camp/ Country:

Pettis trains out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been training there since he was a kid and coach Duke Roufus has obviously had time to refine and improve his already lethal striking arsenal. Pettis, like his brother, has an extremely active guard and seems unafraid to let things go to the ground. Sergio is not even close to his prime though, and he has let it be known that he’s still a couple of fights away from fighting at the UFC-level. His fight with Curran should be a tell-tale barometer for whether he is ready for the big time.

Career Forecast

Sergio Pettis has the talent and name value to become the UFC’s star attraction of the Flyweight division. We have seen Sergio’s brother, Anthony, grow into one of the sport’s most exciting strikers. Sergio is likely not far behind. The minor issues Sergio faces right now are his inexperience and age. Sergio is only 19 years old and there will likely be growing pains as he deals with high-level wrestlers and more experienced opposition. There is little doubt projecting that 5-7 years from now, Sergio could ultimately be the UFC flyweight champion or a top contender in the division.


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Video 1: Pettis featured on WI MMA Today (2013)

Video 2: Pettis vs. Tom McKenna (2012)

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The 2013 MMA Prospects Report

My 2013 Prospects Report started on June 1, 2013. All statistics, news, and info are reflected up to that date.
Fighters marked with a "+" after their name have since signed with a major promotion.
1. Darrell Montague +
2. Sergio Pettis +
3. Josh Sampo +
4. Sean Santella
5. Danny Martinez +
6. Mamoru Yamaguchi
7. Dileno Lopes
8. Ali Bagautinov +
9. Rafael de Freitas +
10. Jose Maria +

* Honorable Mentions
1. Henry Cejudo
2. Bibiano Fernandes +
3. Aljamain Sterling +
4. Marlon Moraes +
5. Sheymon Moraes
6. Josh Hill +
7. Chris Holdsworth +
8. Brandon Bender +
9. Kyoji Horiguchi +
10. Sirwan Kakai +

* Honorable Mentions
1. Lance Palmer +
2. Doo Ho Choi +
3. Chas Skelly+
4. Rick Glenn +
5. Jim Alers+
6. Ande Fili +
7. Gleristone Santos
8. Tom Niinimaki +
9. Goiti Yamauchi +
10.Chris Gruetzemacher +

* Honorable Mentions
1. Bubba Jenkins +
2. Justin Gaethje +
3. Gilbert Burns
4. Tony Martin +
5. Katsunori Kikuno +
6. Joe Ellenberger +
7. Carlos Ferreira+
8. Ivan Jorge +
9. Yui Chul Nam +
10. Nick Newell +

* Honorable Mentions
WelterweightMiddleweightLight HeavyweightHeavyweight
1. Alex Garcia +
2. Dhiego Lima +
3. Yan Cabral +
4. Cathal Pendred +
5. Rashid Magomedov +
6. Assan Njie
7. Myung Ho Bae
8. Mike Rhodes +
9. Hernani Perpetuo +
10. Chidi Njokuani

* Honorable Mentions
1. Mamed Khalidov
2. Elvis Mutapcic +
3. Michal Materla
4. Ramazan Emeev
5. Joseph Henle
6. Ricardo Abreu+
7. Bubba Bush
8. Jeremy Kimball +
9. Tim Williams +
10. Sean Strickland+

* Honorable Mentions
1. Robert Drysdale +
2. Tyrone Spong +
3. Patrick Cummins+
4. Jan Blachowicz+
5. Steve Bosse+
6. Kyle Cerminara
7. Viktor Nemkov
8. Max Nunes
9. Francimar Barroso +
10. Jake Butler

* Honorable Mentions
1. Steve Mocco +
2. Jared Rosholt +
3. Tony Johnson +
4. Guram Gugenishvili
5. Magomed Malikov
6. Satoshi Ishii
7. Derrick Lewis +
8. Chris Birchler
9. Walt Harris +
10. Ante Delija

* Honorable Mentions
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