As if UFC 181 didn’t already have enough interesting storylines heading into the December 6th card, as it will feature two title fights, but now the promotion has confirmed both Sergio Pettis and Anthony Pettis will be competing.
Of course, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was already booked to face Gilbert Melendez at the event, but now his younger brother Sergio has been tapped to fight Matt Hobar. According to the UFC’s official announcement, it will mark the first time the brothers have thrown down on the same card.
The announcement included the following quote from the 21 year-old Sergio, which he made prior to his Octagon debut last November at UFC 167.
“He’s my brother,” Sergio said. “People are going to think that by beating me they’re beating him and they’re gonna want to use that to take me out. But Anthony’s my training partner, I live with the guy, I get to see what he does, and I see his mindset for the fights he has. His last fight (against Benson Henderson), I saw his mindset fighting for the belt, and it was just ridiculous how focused he was and how calm he was. He was so confident, and that’s what I’m trying to bring to the table. I’m trying to find that confidence that Anthony has. I’ve got all the tricky moves now; I’ve just got to throw them.”
Yup. There’s no doubt that training with one of the sport’s most talented fighters on a regular basis has got to be a good thing.
Sergio (11-1) has gone 2-1 to date in the UFC. As after he decisioned Will Campuzano in his UFC debut, he was submitted by Alex Caceres at UFC on FOX 10 this past January. Most recently, the bantamweight returned to the winner’s circle by earning a UD victory over Yaotzin Meza at a UFC Fight Night card in June.
Hobar (9-2), meanwhile, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Aaron Philips at a Fight Night card in August, after he was stopped by Pedro Munhoz in the first round this past May.
So, that’s an interesting addition to UFC 181, which will also feature a welterweight bout between champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
Some of the other bouts that are booked include Brendan Schaub vs. Travis Browne and Todd Duffee vs. Anthony Hamilton. The UFC also announced recently that rising bantamweight Holly Holm will make her Octagon debut that night versus Raquel Pennington.
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.