Despite coming out victorious in his last fight, perennial flyweight contender, Sergio Pettis, has now parted ways with the UFC.
Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of Anthony, entered the UFC in 2013 as a highly touted prospect with a 9-0 record. During his time with the promotion, he would go 9-5 and establish himself as a top contender in the ranks of the 125-pound weight class.
In Pettis’ last time out, he defeated UFC newcomer Tyson Nam via unanimous decision at UFC Mexico City in September. This would be the last fight on the 26-year old’s contract.
Having explored free agency, ESPN has now confirmed that the Roufusport product will be taking his talents to Bellator MMA as he’ll be signing a multi-fight contract.
Primarily a flyweight competitor throughout his career, Pettis has also fought in the 135-pound bantamweight division. The latter can now be expected to be his permanent fighting home as Bellator doesn’t have a men’s flyweight division. His last fight in that division came prior to his most recent against Nam when he lost a unanimous decision to Rob Font in December 2018.
Pettis’ longest winning streak in the UFC reached four straight spanning from October 2015 to December 2017 when it was snapped by current dual division champion, Henry Cejudo.
Following that loss, Pettis rebounded with his biggest win to date when he earned a split decision nod over the then returning Joseph Benavidez. Thus making Pettis only the third man to be able to defeat perhaps the most underrated fighter the sport has ever seen in the Benavidez.
With the addition of Pettis to their roster, Bellator adds some depth to their bantamweight division which has been steadily growing over recent years. On top of its growth, the expansion opportunities have already been seen as part of the organization’s co-promoting with RIZIN FF in Japan.
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