It looks like the brother of UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, the 20 year-old Sergio Pettis, has been booked a new opponent for his Octagon debut, which is set for UFC 167. Pettis was originally scheduled to fight Vaughan Lee on November 16th, however, the latter was forced to drop out a few days ago due to injury.
Well, according to the Twitter feed of flyweight Will Campuzano (13-4), he will step into the Octagon on short notice next weekend to battle “The Phenomenon”. Campuzano hasn’t fought for the UFC since 2011, when he lost by unanimous decision to Chris Cariaso. Since then, however, the 27 year-old fighter has won five straight bouts. Most recently, Campuzano worked his way to a split decision victory over Hideo Tokoro will fighting for Vale Tudo Japan last month. If you’re not familiar with Tokoro, he’s an accomplished Japanese veteran who’s competed in 60 pro bouts….So, that’s a big win for Campuzano.
Pettis (9-0) has pretty much cruised through the opposition since he turned pro in 2011, as the Roufusport fighter has won six of his nine bouts via stoppage or submission. Most recently, Pettis tapped out James Porter at a North American Fighting Championship event in September. Prior to that he laid claim to the Resurrection Fighting Alliance flyweight belt by taking out Dillard Pegg in June.
So, that has the makings of an entertaining fight, and it will be interesting to see how Pettis performs under the bright lights of the UFC.
UFC 167 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre taking on Johny Hendricks in the main event. Other main card bouts that are scheduled include MacDonald-Lawler, Sonnen-Evans, and Koscheck-Woodley.
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