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Bellator 297: Pros react after Sergio Pettis defeats Patricio Pitbull

Zain Bando - June 16, 2023

Sergio Pettis and Patricio Pitbull locked horns in tonight’s Bellator 297 co-main event at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill. Arguably the two best non-UFC lighter-weight fighters, Pettis and Pitbull were unifying their respective titles, with the winner earning the bantamweight title and a matchup with interim champion Patchy Mix. Mix had stated during an impromptu media availability Saturday night that he looked forward to watching the fight as a fan and is excited for whoever he gets to face next. Pettis was returning to the Bellator cage after nursing a knee injury, while Pitbull entered the contest sporting a 35-5 record, having fought the likes of Michael Chandler, Juan Archuleta, and AJ McKee, to name a few.

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Anthony Pettis shares hefty bet on brother Sergio ahead of Bellator 297 fight against Patricio Pitbull

Cole Shelton - June 15, 2023

Anthony Pettis will be backing his brother Sergio Pettis in a big way ahead of Bellator 297. In the co-main event of Bellator 297 on Friday night in Chicago, Pettis is looking to defend his bantamweight title for the second time as he takes on Patricio Pitbull. The Brazilian is the current Bellator featherweight champ and former lightweight champ but is dropping down in weight as he looks to become a three-weight world champion.

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Patricio "Pitbull" Freire

Patricio Pitbull expecting to dominate Sergio Pettis to win third Bellator championship: "Put him down"

Josh Evanoff - June 14, 2023

Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull expects to stop Sergio Pettis this weekend. The Brazilian has been out of action since a non-title clash with Kleber Koike Erbst last December. There, Patricio Pitbull scored a unanimous decision win, his third in a row. That April, he re-earned the featherweight title by avenging his prior loss to A.J. McKee, defeating ‘Mercenary’ by decision.

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Bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis eyes second title after he gets past Patricio Freire at Bellator 297

Harry Kettle - June 7, 2023

Sergio Pettis has got his eyes set on a second world title if he’s able to get past Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire at Bellator 297. Next weekend in Chicago, Sergio Pettis will go head to head with Patricio Pitbull. He’ll be defending his Bellator bantamweight championship against a man who is widely considered to be the best fighter in Bellator history. If Pitbull is able to secure the win, he’ll also become the first man to be a three-weight champion in a major organization.

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Pros react after Sergio Pettis sleeps Kyoji Horiguchi with spinning backfist

Chris Taylor - December 3, 2021

Tonight’s Bellator 272 event was headlined by a highly anticipated title fight featuring Sergio Pettis taking on Kyoji Horiguchi. Pettis (21-5 MMA) was looking to earn his first career title defense when he took on former champion Horiguchi (29-3 MMA) this evening.

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Kyoji Horiguchi

Sergio Pettis pulls off incredible comeback with brutal KO of Kyoji Horiguchi (Video)

Chris Taylor - December 3, 2021

Sergio Pettis pulled off one of the craziest comebacks in recent memory when he knocked out Kyoji Horiguchi in tonight’s Bellator 272 main event. Pettis (21-5 MMA) was looking to earn his first career title defense when he took on former champion Horiguchi (29-3 MMA) this evening.

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Kyoji Horiguchi doesn't see Sergio Pettis as 'real champion' ahead of Bellator 272 title clash

Drake Riggs - November 24, 2021

Kyoji Horiguchi is a man on a mission. The current RIZIN FF 135-pound bantamweight king recaptured the title he never officially lost on New Year’s Eve 2020 and hasn’t fought since. Now, Horiguchi has signed with Bellator in a rare deal that sees him remain the RIZIN champ and seeks the other title he relinquished when sidelined in all of 2020 recovering from an ACL tear.

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Kyoji Horiguchi gets immediate title shot in return to Bellator, challenges Sergio Pettis

Drake Riggs - October 20, 2021

RIZIN bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi is set to attempt to reclaim the title he never lost. Bellator announced on Wednesday that their newest Bellator 135-pound champion in Sergio Pettis has his next challenger. Pettis will defend against the RIZIN titlist in Horiguchi on Dec. 3 at Bellator 272 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Ricky Bandejas ecstatic to headline Bellator's return, eyes KO win over Sergio Pettis

Cole Shelton - July 22, 2020

Ricky Bandejas is excited to headline his first Bellator show. In the main event of Bellator 242, which will be the promotions first card since COVID-19, Bandejas is taking on UFC veteran, Sergio Pettis. Yet, for the longest time, the now American Top Team fighter didn’t know he would be the main event.

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Bellator 238: Budd vs. Cyborg Results and Highlights

Cole Shelton - January 25, 2020

Bellator MMA is in Inglewood, California tonight for Bellator 238 which features the women’s featherweight title on the line as Julia Budd battles Cris Cyborg in the main event. Budd (13-2) is looking to defend her belt for the fourth time and extend her winning streak to 12. She won the inaugural featherweight title back at Bellator 174 with a TKO win over Marloes Coenen. The Canadian has not lost since her fourth professional fight back in 2011 where she was submitted by Ronda Rousey. Her other loss came at the hands of Amanda Nunes.

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Sergio Pettis explains decision to leave the UFC for Bellator

Natasha Hooper - November 7, 2019

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Sergio Pettis up about the daunting experience of becoming a free agent and how it lead him to sign a new contract at Bellator. The flyweight took a leap of faith by leaving the UFC after fulfilling his contract to become a free agent. Shortly thereafter, he revealed that he had signed with Bellator in a decision that took him from panic to excitement.

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Report | Bellator signs Sergio Pettis

Adam Martin - October 25, 2019

Bellator MMA has reportedly signed former UFC flyweight and bantamweight contender Sergio Pettis to a multi-fight contract. Sergio Pettis recently became a free agent when his UFC contract ran out. He decided to test the free-agent market, and evidently Bellator came up with the best offer for his services.

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Sergio Pettis to test free agency, UFC 245 fight put on hold

Mike Pendleton - October 3, 2019

Sergio Pettis was supposed to be fighting at UFC 245 in December, but those plans have reportedly been put on hold. According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Pettis, who was scheduled to fight Kai Kara-France on December 14 in Las Vegas, will reportedly test free agency as his current deal with the UFC has expired.

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Flyweights Sergio Pettis vs. Kai Kara-France being eyed for UFC 245

Adam Martin - September 27, 2019

The UFC is in talks to book an intriguing flyweight bout between contenders Sergio Pettis and Kai Kara-France for the upcoming UFC 245 card. UFC 245 takes place Saturday, December 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Two exciting matchups added to UFC Minneapolis card

Natasha Hooper - May 9, 2019

UFC reps announced on Wednesday that Sergio Pettis and Ricardo Ramos will be competing in a bantamweight contest at UFC Minneapolis on June 29. The card will also include a newly-announced lightweight bout between Jared Gordon and Dan Moret.  Sergio Pettis is looking to bounce back from two recent losses against Rob Font and BJJ expert Jussier Formiga. Prior to these back-to-back defeats, Pettis demonstrated strong takedown defence and powerful striking in the biggest win of his career, a split decision triumph against former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez.

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UFC on FOX 31 Results: Rob Font defeats Sergio Pettis (Highlights)

Chris Taylor - December 15, 2018

Sergio Pettis made his return to the UFC’s bantamweight division at tonight’s UFC on FOX 31 event in his hometown of Milwaukee against Rob Font. Pettis entered tonight’s contest on the heels of a unanimous decision setback to Jussier Formiga in his most recent octagon appearance at September’s UFC 229 event in Las Vegas.

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UFC 229 Results: Jussier Formiga defeats Sergio Pettis

Chris Taylor - October 6, 2018

A key flyweight bout between perennial division contenders Jussier Formiga and Sergio Pettis served as the featured bout of tonight’s UFC 229 prelims. Sergio Pettis enters tonight’s contest having won five of his past six fights. His latest win came over former title challenger Joseph Benavidez at UFC 225 in Chicago.

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Report | Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga in the works for UFC 229

Drake Riggs - August 1, 2018

With no fights officially announced yet for the UFC’s return to the T-Mobile arena, it looks like we’ll soon be getting our first. As the flyweight title is about to be put on the line a rematch as champion Demetrious Johnson defends against Henry Cejudo at UFC 227, another challenger afterward will be needed at some point.

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