17-year-old Sergio Pettis, the brother of former WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, will make his professional MMA debut this September, when the Roufusport-trained fighter competes for the Canadian Fighting Championship (CFC).
“It’s going to mean a lot,” said Pettis. “If I lose, it could determine my future in the sport. And if I do well, it could be a huge boost. So there’s a lot of pressure on me, but I’m going to have to pull through.”
Big brother “Showtime” is also very excited about his Sergio’s pro debut.
“It’s awesome,” said the former WEC champ.” I set out in this sport to do that, to help pave the way for him. I think he’s going to have a very successful pro debut. And he’s going to make a big impact in this sport. The sport can be lucrative, and he’s going to take advantage of that. Sergio has a very, very bright future.
“He’s my main training partner, and he’s only 17 years old,” Anthony continued. “Whether it’s me, Erik Koch, or Danny Downes, Sergio is holding his own against all of us in training. He’s going to be a monster, and he’s going to do huge things in MMA.”
Sergio, for his part, is grateful to have such a great team, including his brother, behind him.
“It means a lot that my brother and the team have helped me like they have. They’ve always there for me. And Anthony always calms me down. I’ve gotten frustrated in some of my amateur bouts, and he’s done a great job at helping me keep my composure. It means a lot, and it helps me out a lot. He’s a good coach.
“I’d like to thank Coach [Duke] Roufus, the fight team, my brother Anthony, and the CFC for giving me this opportunity. I plan to take advantage of it!”