It was a whirlwind year for UFC lightweight star Anthony Pettis in 2010. Unbeaten in four fights last year, Pettis added the WEC lightweight title to his resume, as well as a nationally-televised appearance on MTV’s hit show World of Jenks.
Pettis was guaranteed the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard’s UFC 125 lightweight championship bout, but when that scintillating fight ended in a draw, his title shot hopes went up in smoke. Maynard was granted the immediate rematch and “Showtime” was left to figure out what to do with himself in the interim, stating from the get go that he wouldn’t sit on the sidelines long enough for that rematch to take place.
Pettis earned the next shot at the UFC title by putting on a spectacular performance against Ben Henderson en route capturing the WEC lightweight championship on the WEC’s last show, a performance he capped off by delivering the now-famous “Showtime kick,” which was named one of the top 10 plays of 2010 by ESPN’s SportsCenter. The 23-year old Duke Roufus product holds a professional record of 13-1; he is currently on a four-fight winning streak.
Those accomplishments, plus his work in the community, have earned the 23-year-old an official proclamation from his hometown of the city of Milwaukee, Wisc. Pettis will receive the proclamation during a meeting with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 3:45pm CT at the Mayor’s Office.
Pettis expressed his sincere gratitude to Mayor Barrett and the city of Milwaukee for such an honor.
“This is an amazing feeling,” Pettis said. “It’s been a crazy year. I’ve won a world title, been featured on MTV and SportsCenter and threw out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers game. I never imagined myself being in this position. I’m really thankful that Mayor Tom Barrett and the city of Milwaukee have chosen to honor me. Milwaukee means so much to me and I’m proud to represent it every time I compete.”
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.