Interview with top prospect Sergio Pettis
Interview by Matt Homeyer
Most associate the name Pettis with Sergio’s older brother Anthony, The last WEC lightweight champion and one of the top contenders in the 155lb division of the UFC .At just eighteen years old, young Sergio Pettis is making a name for himself. Sergio is undefeated as both an amateur and a professional and is generating quiet a buzz in the MMA community. Sergio trains at the Roufusport gym in Milwaukee under kickboxing legend and renowned coach Duke Roufus along with other MMA stars like Anthony Pettis, Erik Koch, Ben Askren, and newcomer to the UFC Chico Camus. Combat Corner is proud to sponsor such a young and talented fighter and we look forward to seeing where his career will go from here.
At what age did you start training MMA? When I was fourteen is when I started kickboxing and that’s how it all began.
What martial arts background do you have? I have a background in Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing, some Jiu Jitsu, and Wrestling, all of it I guess.
Obviously turning pro at such a young age, you must have had to give up some things that a normal teenager does, what things were you forced to give up in order to pursue your career? I was forced to give up partying, a lot of time with my friends, a lot of time. I was mostly at the gym training instead of being a normal teenager.
You've had an accelerated career so far how have the last couple of years been? The last year has been pretty good. I turned pro and I am winning fights. The only thing that sucked was the weight cut, but everything else is going good.
Recently you made the switch from being a bantamweight and went down to flyweight, was there a diet that used to help with the weight cut and what diet was it? Actually I did my own diet. I just tried to stay away from all bread and sodium. I stuck to a lot of water, chicken breast, eggs and vegetables. No junk food, no McDonalds, no fast food at all.
After making weight I'm sure there is one meal that you’re dying to have what is it? After making weight I always want to eat pizza for some reason. Pizza is my favorite thing to eat so it’s either pizza or a burger.
What is on the horizon as far as your next fight? Where and when will it be and how can people see your fight? My next will be June 15th in Indiana. I don’t think it’s televised but there may be a stream online, I’m not exactly sure. But I will probably put it up on YouTube after, so that’s probably the best option.
Are there any pre-fight rituals that you have before stepping into the cage? What are they? I usually go visit my dad’s grave site; I’ll spend the whole day after I make weight. I’ll say a little prayer, before the fight I’ll sit there and talk to my dad, it’s where I feel is my peaceful area I go there before my fights and try and calm myself down.
Though you haven't had many professional fights is there one moment that stands out to you as your favorite? My favorite moment was my second pro fight when I landed a head kicks in the second round. It was the first time I ever dropped someone almost unconscious, so far that is my best moment.
It had been rumored before that you were planning on being in the UFC very soon, how far down the road do you see those plans becoming a reality? After my last fight I didn’t have the greatest performance so I’m ok with the local fights and working my way up. It could be soon, it could be later on either way I’m just training every day and just getting ready so whenever it is I’ll be ready by then.
What are your aspirations in MMA? Hopefully to be a champion one day, either at bantamweight or flyweight. But just to be in the UFC and fighting would be awesome.
So people know that you are a talented and undefeated fighter, what don't people know about you? Do you have any hobbies or passions besides fighting? I like to play basketball a lot, I’m not the greatest. I used to be pretty good when I was a kid. I’m an awesome bathroom singer; I could try out for American Idol in my bathroom. I also like to dance too.