Sergio Pettis and Anthony Pettis look eerily similar. But there’s more to them than just plain faces. Many have wondered if they have family ties. The two do have many similarities. They started young in the MMA fighting journey and racked up a host of wins. They both have pretty impressive mixed martial arts resumes.
Anthony’s fighting record includes 25 wins and 14 losses, while Sergio has 22 wins and 5 upsets. However, the two are not now fighting under the same promotion, although they used to be UFC fighters. Anthony now performs for the Professional Fighters League, while the other Pettis is one of the formidable contenders in the Bellator.
But are they really related? Do they really share the same bloodline? Decipher the answer and some more in the facts below.
Sergio and Anthony are indeed related. The two are brothers and Sergio is six years younger than Anthony. Not only that, as mentioned, Sergio, similar to his older brother, is also an MMA fighter and is currently training at Roufusport MMA Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Sergio is the youngest of the Pettis brothers. There are three brothers in total, of which Reynaldo Pettis is the eldest. The Pettis brothers are the sons of Annette and Eugene Pettis. They are of Mexican descent.
Anthony often congratulates and mentions his younger brother Sergio on his victories and special days. While Sergio admits he’s in the limelight because of his brother’s fame and will always be Anthony’s little brother, he insists he’s also built his own legacy.
Sergio Pettis and Anthony Pettis Careers at UFC
Anthony’s younger brother Sergio began his pro-MMA fighting career in September 2011. Sergio registered an 8-0 record before signing a deal with the UFC in 2013. Anthony’s first fight in Zuffa’s promotion.
After that, the younger Pettis appeared in a total of 14 fights. In his last fight at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the BJJ black belt unanimously defeated Portland Oregon native Tyson Nam at UFC 159. Both Pettis brothers have won 11 fights each in the UFC, except Anthony has nine losses while his brother only has five . On the other hand, Sergio did not win a belt when he was in the UFC while his brother was once the UFC lightweight champion.
Sergio and his brother also appeared together on several UFC Fight Nights
Sergio and Anthony have competed in the same UFC fight. In fact, the brothers have fought on the same UFC card a total of four times. This despite the fact that the two had sworn never to. They first became fighters set to fight on the same night at UFC 181 in December 2014. They both won their respective fights that night.
The second incident happened a few months later at UFC 185. This time, however, both brothers faced defeat. The third time Sergio and Anthony lined up for the same fight night was at UFC 197 in April 2016. That night, only one was allowed to enjoy victory and that was the youngster. They last appeared on the same fight night in October 2018 at UFC 229. In the event, the younger and the older lost to Jussier Formiga and Tony Ferguson respectively.
Sergio Pettis after UFC became a Bellator fighter
After retiring from the UFC, Sergio also became a free agent, something his older brother had also done in December 2020.
In October 2019, Sergio signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA. However, this was different from his older brother who now fights in founder Don Davis’s Professional Fighters League. After moving from the UFC to Bellator, Sergio began to face critics who often blamed him for his inability to finish. Shortly after joining the Bellator, the five-foot-tall fighter stated that he came (to the BMMA) to make a legacy for himself, build his name, and get his own belts.
In his BMMA debut, Sergio secured a first-round victory against California native Alfred Khashakyan via guillotine choke. In his second promotion fight at Bellator 242, the ex-UFC fighter fought New Jersey native Ricky Bandejas in the main event. The younger Pettis emerged victorious thanks to his calm game plan. The result made him eligible for a title fight against the winner of that BMMA’s other match between Juan Archuleta and Patchy Mix; the first won.
However, the title match between Archuleta and Sergio could not take place in the wake of the 2020 global pandemic. It nevertheless happened at Bellator 258 on May 7, 2021. In the bantamweight championship match, Pettis Archuleta dominated and convincingly secured victory. by unanimous decision.
Prior to his fight against Archuleta, the former NAFC bantamweight champion spoke about his relationship with Anthony and making his own identity against the spotlight of his older brother.
I feel like I built my own legacy. There is a lot of media saying that I am still the little brother that I am. I will always be Anthony’s little brother.
said the 22-win fighter during his interview with MMA mania.
Anthony Pettis made $30,000 betting on his brother Sergio
Not only Anthony is related to Sergio, but the eldest has also earned money from his little brother. Back in December 2021, Anthony won nearly $30,000 on a $10,000 bet he made it to his brother Sergio to defeat Kyoji Horiguchi. The fight took place at Bellator 272.
Before the fight, the money limit for Sergio to win was +175. When it came to gambling, the youngest Pettis to defend the bantamweight belt was truly an underdog. However, the Phenom won the match, making a profit of $17,500 to match his older brother’s $10,000, giving him a total return of $27,500.
The fight was then again not easy for the winner of the Bellator 272. The younger Pettis was on the scorecard in the fourth round and looked close to losing his title. However, Pettis turned the score and knocked out Horiguchi in round four.