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.
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.
- “Showtime” kick off the fence against Benson Henderson made the ESPN highlight reels for days
- 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.