Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis - Official UFC® Fighter Profile
Anthony
Pettis
20-6-0( W-L-D )
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night / 1 Fight of the Night
3 Knockout of the Night / 2 Submission of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 18 fights.
Record: 20-6-0
Summary: Excellent Standup, Strong Ground Game, Creativity

Fighter Info

Nickname: Showtime
From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States
Fights Out Of: Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States
Age: 30
Height: 5' 10" ( 177 cm )
Weight: 145 lb ( 65 kg )
Reach 72"
Leg Reach 40"

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
1308
45% Successful
584
Types of Successful Strikes
0
584
82% Standing
481
47
56
Striking Defense
57
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
21
52% Successful
11
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
14
17
9
Takedown Defense
61
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Win
Anthony Pettis
Jul 8, 2017
80
48
1
1
0
0
5
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Anthony Pettis
Dec 10, 2016
94
53
2
0
0
0
1
0
R3 KO/TKO
Win
Anthony Pettis
Aug 27, 2016
53
41
0
4
1
0
2
6
R3 Submission
Loss
Anthony Pettis
Apr 23, 2016
48
73
0
0
0
0
0
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
Anthony Pettis
Jan 17, 2016
56
42
0
6
0
0
0
2
R3 Decision - Split
Anthony Pettis
Mar 14, 2015
54
90
0
9
0
0
0
5
R5 Decision - Unanimous
Anthony Pettis
Dec 6, 2014
30
27
0
1
1
0
1
0
R2 Submission
Performance of the Night
Anthony Pettis
Aug 31, 2013
11
9
0
0
0
1
0
0
R1 Submission
Submission of the Night
Win
Anthony Pettis
Jan 26, 2013
18
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Knockout of the Night
Win
Anthony Pettis
Feb 25, 2012
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Knockout of the Night
Win
Anthony Pettis
Oct 8, 2011
21
17
6
3
0
0
2
0
R3 Decision - Split
Loss
Anthony Pettis
Jun 4, 2011
19
14
5
0
0
1
4
2
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Anthony Pettis
WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis
Dec 16, 2010
38
42
3
2
2
4
3
4
R5 Decision - Unanimous
Fight of the Night
Win
Anthony Pettis
WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez
Aug 18, 2010
16
37
2
2
1
2
2
1
R3 Submission
Submission of the Night
Win
Anthony Pettis
WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber
Apr 24, 2010
9
16
3
0
0
1
0
0
R2 Submission
Win
Anthony Pettis
WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz
Mar 6, 2010
4
5
0
1
0
0
0
0
R1 KO/TKO
Knockout of the Night
Loss
Anthony Pettis
WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff
Dec 19, 2009
29
39
1
0
0
0
1
0
R3 Decision - Split
Win
Anthony Pettis
WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2
Jun 7, 2009
1
3
0
1
3
0
0
1
R1 Submission

Biography

Anthony Pettis embodies everything an MMA fighter should be. He’s quick on his feet, has powerful hands, possesses a strong stand-up game and knows how to entertain a crowd when he’s inside the Octagon.

 

No surprise that his nickname is “Showtime.”

 

“I’m a very flashy fighter,” Pettis once said, “so I like any technique that makes the audience go crazy.”

 

Pettis held the UFC lightweight title from August 2013 until March 2015, but he might be just as well known for his “Showtime Kick” against Benson Henderson in 2010 with the WEC title on the line.

 

In the fifth round of their tightly contested bout, Pettis provided the unforgettable move of the night, running off the cage wall and delivering a head kick with his right foot that dropped Henderson to the canvas. His acrobatics helped win the round and lifted him to a unanimous decision win for the WEC lightweight belt.

 

Pettis dropped his first UFC fight after the merger between the UFC and WEC, losing a decision to Clay Guida in June 2011. But he then reeled off consecutive victories over Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone – the last two coming via first-round knockout – to move into title contention.

 

His shot came at UFC 164 when he replaced an injured TJ Grant to set up a second bout with Henderson, this time for the UFC belt that Henderson won in 2012 and defended three times.

Again, Pettis came out on top, applying an armbar late in the first round to take the title.

 

Pettis was picked to serve as a coach opposite Gilbert Melendez for The Ultimate Fighter 20, with the two then squaring off at UFC 181 in Las Vegas. In the second round, Pettis won via submission, using a guillotine choke to retain his belt.

 

Pettis lost his title to Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision at UFC 185. His comeback was thwarted by an elbow injury, but he remains one of the lightweight division’s most formidable fighters, with an 18-3 record, ten knockouts and five submissions.

 

Pettis, who trains at Roufusport in Milwaukee, has a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was featured on the cover of Wheaties cereal boxes in 2014.

TRAINING: Training is a combination of strength and conditioning, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and MMA. I focus on specific disciplines every day, and nutrition is a big part of my camp.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I have been doing martial arts my whole life since the age of five. My father would push me to train hard everyday. On November 12, 2003 he was killed in a house robbery. I knew from that day I would make him proud and become a professional fighter.

What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC lightweight champion, WEC lightweight champion, Gladiators Fighting Lightweight Champion. 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, BJJ brown belt, TUF 20 coach

Do you have any heroes? My dad, he was killed in a house robbery in 2003 and I still use many of the life lessons he taught me.

What is your favorite technique? I am a very flashy fighter so I like any technique that makes the audience go crazy.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is a dream come true. I dedicated my life to making it where I am at and I’m very excited for a long career in the UFC.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I went to the fire academy.

What was your job before you started fighting? P.O.C Fire Fighter and Martial Arts Instructor

· Going back to lightweight after 1-1 stint at featherweight

· 5-1 in WEC

 · Ten wins by KO, six by submission (1 armbar, 3 triangle, 2 guillotine)

 · Has won 11 of his last 16 bouts

 · “Showtime” kick off the fence against Henderson made ESPN highlight reels for days

· In WEC, won Fight of the Night for Henderson win, KO of the Night for Castillo fight, and Submission of the Night for Roller fight.

· Was featured on MTV series “World of Jenks”

· First UFC fighter featured on the cover of a Wheaties box

 

Career

Trained With

Pat Barry
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Erik Koch
Erik Koch
15-5-0
( W-L-D )

Key Opponents

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