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MMA Fighter Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis is the former UFC Lightweight Champion. His flashy style and need to make the audience go crazy makes him a real fan favorite to many. His nickname “Showtime” is well deserved as he is known as one of the most athletic kickers to ever fight on the MMA stage.

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Anthony Pettis Fast Facts:

Born: January 27, 1987 in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Nicknames: Showtime
Championship titles: Former UFC Lightweight Champion, WEC Lightweight Champion, 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo.

  • Began training Taekwondo at the age of 5 under Master Larry Struck.
  • Holds a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo.
  • Made his professional MMA debut on January 27, 2007 at GFS (Gladiator Fighting Series) 31.
  • Is the final WEC Lightweight Champion.
  • Made his UFC debut on June 4, 2011.
  • First UFC fighter featured on the cover of a Wheaties box.
  • His younger brother Sergio Pettis has fought on some of the same fight cards in the UFC.
  • Owns Showtime Sports Bar in Milwaukee with his coach Duke Roufus.


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