Sergio Pettis, younger brother to current No. 1 featherweight title contender Anthony Pettis, is looking to make the jump up to the mixed martial arts (MMA) big leagues, sooner rather than later.
After kicking off his combat sports career with an impressive 7-0 start including four finishes, Sergio -- who is fresh off a unanimous decision victory over Josh Robinson at NAFC a few weeks ago -- says getting into the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the end game, and plans to do it no later than his 21st birthday, which will be in August of next year.
But, with the help of "Showtime" and the rest of the Roufusport crew, the younger of the Pettis brothers looks to stake his own claim in UFC's flyweight division as early as 2013.
He reveals his plans to MMA Weekly:
"My brother Anthony helps me a lot out with that (career). He's been through it all; coming from the bottom and now he's at the top; the stuff that happens in between and what to look out for. He's helping pave my career and has helped me out a lot. My goal has been to get into the UFC by the time I'm 20, so I want to be in the UFC this year or by at least the time I'm 21. Fight after fight, I just want to have a good record, a clean record and just compete with the top contenders at 125 pounds."
Should Sergio keep his perfect record intact, which also includes a 3-0 mark in the amateur ranks, he could very well be on his way to earning a contract with the world's leading MMA promotion, joining the Diaz, Shamrock, Nogueira, and Miller brothers -- just to name a few -- as the latest sibling duo to compete for UFC.
As he recently told MMAmania.com, trying out for season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is out of the question due to the age requirement of 21 years of age.
But, if his fighting style and aggressiveness is anything like that of older brother Anthony, it would behoove Dana White and Co. to lock up the young talent now, before someone else does.