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10 Oct 2014 11:48:27 AM
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Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Hobar Scheduled for UFC 181 (MMAFighting)
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26 Mar 2014 11:59:34 AM
- Former UFC flyweight title challengers John Dodson and John Moraga will face off at UFC Fight Night 42, for the second time in their careers. Dodson and Moraga previously met at the infamously terrible Nemesis MMA: Global Invasion card in the Dominican Republic back in 2010; Dodson won a unanimous decision and most likely didn’t get paid a damn penny for his efforts. Now, the two Johns are doin’ it again for actual money, in front of actual people. Just like the main event, this matchup pits a local Greg Jackson/Albuquerque fighter (Dodson, Khabilov) vs. an Arizona-based fighter (Moraga, Henderson).
- In bantamweight news, 20-year-old prospect Sergio Pettis will try to rebound from his hype-deflating January loss against Alex Caceres when he takes on Yaotzin Meza — another Arizona-based fighter and teammate of Ben Henderson at MMA Lab in Glendale. Meza is 1-2 in the UFC, most recently dropping a decision to Chico Camus, making this one of those “loser might not get fired, but why take a chance?” kind of fights.
Southwestern MMA fans, check in: Are you excited for this one so far, and what other New Mexico/Arizona talent would you like to see on the card?Read More DIGG THIS
26 Jan 2014 04:30:41 AM
By Matt Saccaro
Sergio Pettis isn’t ready for the UFC.
This opinion might be unpopular, but it’s true. UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis‘ younger brother just isn’t ready.
Sergio Pettis is talented, of that there is no doubt. While most 20-somethings were complaining about trivial social justice issues on Thought Catalog or watching Girls, Sergio Pettis was kicking ass en route to the UFC, showing that he has ample technique and a bright future. The hype wanted us to believe Pettis’ future was now. Fuck the Super Mario Brothers, it was time for the Super Pettis Brothers.
Alas, like with nearly every young, buzzworthy prospect, Pettis faltered. The hype train managed to steamroll over his pedestrian UFC debut, but not so for his follow-up fight against Alex Caceres at UFC on FOX 10. Pettis lost via submission in the third round. Even though the fight was close and well-fought up until the submission, a loss is still a loss.
“He’s just not as good as his brother,” some will say. Others will be harsher, citing Alexander Emelianenko syndrome. “If it wasn’t for his last name, you’d have never heard him; he’s nothing special.”
They’ll be right, but only about the “if it wasn’t for his last name” part.Read More DIGG THIS
20 Dec 2013 07:54:20 AM
(Roufus [at far left] with Sergio Pettis, Anthony Pettis, Ben Askren, and Roufusport BJJ coach Daniel Wanderley. Photo via Dave Mandel/Sherdog.)
By Elias Cepeda
Duke Roufus had an illustrious career as a kickboxer before becoming even more well-known as an MMA coach. In recent years, his highly regarded Roufusport camp has produced such talents as UFC champion Anthony Pettis, his younger brother Sergio, and former Bellator champ Ben Askren. In advance of the Glory 13 event in Tokyo this Saturday that Roufus is doing color commentary for, CagePotato sat down with him to look back on the twists and turns of his career, and look towards the future of some of his biggest stars.
CAGEPOTATO.COM: What would you say your role with Glory is, Duke? We hear and see you doing color commentary during events but when you were in Chicago last fall, you also had a big presence in all sorts of other pre-event activities.
DUKE ROUFUS: Well, about ten years ago they had me do color commentary for K-1 on pay-per-view broadcasts. This was really a natural progression when they came back with Glory. My role is that of a color commentator but I’m also just a huge kickboxing enthusiast. I love the sport. I’m just as big a fan as a participant.
We’ve always heard Joe Rogan talk about “K-1 level striking” in certain UFC fighters — meaning that a particular guy had great striking, so much so that he could survive in K-1, which was recognized as the top kickboxing promotion in the world. Has Glory replaced K-1 in that role?
Yeah, for sure. K-1 just struggled internally. Japanese kickboxing and MMA have had some internal issues. The guys from Glory have really stepped up. They are also huge kickboxing enthusiasts. Now, all the best fighters are fighting for Glory. We also did something similar to what MMA did with unified rules, and we’ve tried to set that up for kickboxing. We want to make it a fan-friendly fight. The fans can really tune in and enjoy the fights. We created a rule set that makes it fun for the fan.
As an expert kickboxer and one who knows Muay Thai so well, don’t you think that the Glory rules could be better, though? You have many fighters who have trained and competed under full Muay Thai rules — using elbows, using the clinch, using sweeps — and now they get to this point and they’re not allowed to use these effective weapons.
Well, with those things allowed, the tournaments would have a different outcome, that’s for sure. There would be more cuts from elbows and so more guys wouldn’t be able to move on in the tournament. And clinching is how you defend not getting elbowed.
The uneducated fan boos when the clinch happens. Uneducated MMA fans do the same thing when Jiu Jitsu happens in a fight. I understand clinching and the art of it. I understand trips and dumps. Unfortunately here in America, people want to see big punches and big kicks. It can be difficult to understand Muay Thai. Even the scoring is a little difficult to follow. Kickboxing is very similar to boxing. That makes it easy to follow.Read More DIGG THIS
20 Dec 2013 06:50:13 AM
After outpointing Will “The Thrill” Campuzano last month at UFC 167, undefeated bantamweight prodigy Sergio Pettis has been quickly booked for his second Octagon appearance — which will take place just ten weeks after his UFC debut. As first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Pettis will compete at UFC on FOX 10: Henderson vs. Thomson (January 25th, Chicago) against Alex Caceres.
Though Caceres first became known for his wacky “Bruce Leroy” persona on TUF 12, the Miami-based former yard-fighter has developed into one of the most durable mid-level contenders in the UFC bantamweight division. If not for his weed-related no-contest earlier this year, Caceres would currently be on a three-fight win streak, with all wins by split-decision. (Four of Caceres’s last five fights ended in split-decision, which I guess makes him the Leonard Garcia of his generation.)
Pettis vs. Caceres becomes the 12th fight added to the Bendo vs. Punk card card — which also includes such notable scraps as Gonzaga vs. Miocic, Cerrone vs. Martins, and Rosholt vs. Oliynyk — though its exact placement on the lineup has yet to be announced. Shoot your predictions in the comments section, and swing by Fightland to read about the time Caceres trained with the real Bruce Leroy before his UFC debut, which turned out to be a terrible decision on every level.Read More DIGG THIS
18 Nov 2013 12:43:35 PM
(Rashad Evans made a quarter-million dollars for doing something most Brazilians would do for free. / Photo via Esther Lin, MMAFighting)
The 24 fighters who competed at Saturday’s UFC 167 event in Las Vegas split $1,841,000 in disclosed salaries and performance bonuses, according to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, with Georges St-Pierre, Rashad Evans, and Robbie Lawler earning the biggest checks. Of course, the $450,000 total for GSP doesn’t include his cut of the event’s pay-per-view revenue — an incentive granted to the UFC’s top stars which has helped give the welterweight champ an estimated annual income of $12 million.
Check out the numbers below, and keep in mind that they don’t include additional revenue from sponsorships or undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” or deductions for taxes, insurance, and license fees.
Georges St-Pierre: $450,000 (no win bonus, includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $100,000 (includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Rashad Evans: $250,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
def. Chael Sonnen: $100,000
Robbie Lawler: $166,000 (includes $83,000 win bonus)
def. Rory MacDonald: $50,000
Tyron Woodley: $154,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Josh Koscheck: $78,000
3 Oct 2013 06:40:11 AM
(Sergio Pettis, shown here with the third Pettis brother nobody ever talks about. / Photo via Sherdog)
UFC officials have confirmed that the promotion’s new undefeated bantamweight acquisition Sergio Pettis will make his Octagon debut at UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks (November 16th, Las Vegas) against Vaughan Lee, who you may remember from such blog posts as “Why the hell is Urijah Faber fighting Vaughan Lee?” (Luckily, that wacky matchup was just a rumor.) Lee most recently lost to Raphael Assunção by submission in June, dropping his UFC record to 2-3. But he did once win a Submission of the Night bonus for armbarring Kid Yamamoto at UFC 144. That’s not nothin’.
As for Pettis, he’ll be hunting for his 10th consecutive win overall, and his fourth of 2013. The 20-year-old “Phenom” may have been a terror on the regional circuit, but those first-time Octagon jitters can be tough on anyone. In other UFC 167 news…Read More DIGG THIS
1 Oct 2013 09:00:01 AM
(Pettis vs. Porter via Combat Corner Professional.)
Over the weekend, a bantamweight phenom known simply as (*strums Flamenco guitar*) “Sergio“ improved his MMA record to a perfect 9-0 with a first round submission via kimura over James Porter. Being that this “Sergio” character is the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, he has been gaining quite a bit of notoriety on the local circuit, leading many MMA fans and pundits alike to ponder how he would fare in the UFC.
This notion was not lost on Sergio, who proceeded to drop to his knees and beg for a shot in the big leagues during his post-fight interview LIKE A *REAL* CHAMPION DOES. Of course, being that Pettis had already turned down a shot in the UFC some four fights ago to gain more experience, it wasn’t a stretch of the imagination to predict that Dana White & Co. would answer the call.
According to a report sent out by Globo last night and confirmed by Pettis’ Jiu Jitsu coach, Daniel “Big Dog” Wanderley, the UFC has done just that. Although no opponent has been named, Pettis will make his promotional debut at UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks. Despite recently capturing the RFA flyweight title with a first round KO over Dillard Pegg, Pettis will allegedly make his debut in the bantamweight division (that’s still a thing, right?).
Who do you think would make for a good litmus test against the 20 year old phenom, Potato Nation?Read More DIGG THIS