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Anthony Pettis

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis

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  • Given Name: Anthony Paul Pettis
  • MMA Record: 20-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Showtime
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 30 | Date of Birth: 1987.01.27
  • Last Fight: July 08, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Roufusport MMA Academy
  • Height: 5'10" (177cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $881,302 USD
  • Born: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook
  • Head Coach: Duke Roufus
  • Other Coaches: N/A

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Anthony Pettis MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Us Dustin Poirier
20-6-0 21-5-0

Us UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier vs. Pettis
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.11.11
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jim Miller
19-6-0 28-9-0

Us UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.07.08
Odds: -250 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $180,000 ($90K Base, $90K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#39 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2017
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:50 Round 3 of 5, 14:50 Total

Us Max Holloway
19-5-0 16-3-0

Ca UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis
Main Event | Interim Title | Featherweight | 145

2016.12.10
Odds: +250 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 148.0 lbs (67.1 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
UFC 206 Performance of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:49 Round 3 of 3, 11:49 Total

Br Charles Oliveira
18-5-0 21-5-0

Ca UFC on FOX 21: Maia vs. Condit
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2016.08.27
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#31 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
#15 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2016
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Edson Barboza
18-4-0 16-4-0

Us UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.04.23
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Eddie Alvarez
18-3-0 26-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.01.17
Odds: -365 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Kevin MacDonald
Cancelled Bout Myles Jury UFC on FOX 16 2015.07.25
Reason: Pettis Elbow Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Rafael dos Anjos
18-2-0 23-7-0

Us UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.03.14
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Tum Tum - Show Time
#56 Biggest Upset of All Time
#42 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
UFC 185 Performance of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:53 Round 2 of 5, 6:53 Total

Us Gilbert Melendez
17-2-0 22-3-0

Us UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155

2014.12.06
Odds: -325 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#12 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
UFC 181 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Josh Thomson UFC on FOX 9 2013.12.14
Reason: Pettis Knee Injury
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:31 Round 1 of 5

Us Benson Henderson
16-2-0 19-2-0

Us UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2013.08.31
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $104,000 ($27K Base, $27K Bonus, $50K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Tum Tum feat. Jim Jones - Showtime
#3 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
#26 Greatest Submission of All Time
UFC 164 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout José Aldo UFC 163 2013.08.03
Reason: Pettis Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO
2:35 Round 1 of 3

Us Donald Cerrone
15-2-0 19-4-0

Us UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.01.26
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Robert Madrigal
#8 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
#48 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
UFC on FOX 6 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:21 Round 1 of 3

Us Joe Lauzon
14-2-0 21-6-0

Jp UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: -285 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#3 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC 144 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jeremy Stephens
13-2-0 20-6-0

Us UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.10.08
Odds: -295 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Clay Guida
13-1-0 28-11-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.06.04
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Benson Henderson
12-1-0 12-1-0

Us WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2010.12.16
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#2 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#1 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#8 Greatest Fight of All Time
WEC 53 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
4:51 Round 3 of 3, 14:51 Total

Us Shane Roller
11-1-0 8-2-0

Us WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.08.18
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $22,000 ($6K Base, $6K Bonus, $10K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#17 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
WEC 50 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:35 Round 2 of 3, 6:35 Total

Us Alex Karalexis
10-1-0 10-4-0

Us WEC 48: Aldo vs Faber
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.04.24
Odds: -575 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:27 Round 1 of 3

Us Danny Castillo
9-1-0 8-2-0

Us WEC 47: Bowles vs Cruz
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.03.06
Odds: +121 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus, $10K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Jerry Poe
#21 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
WEC 47 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Pl Bart Palaszewski
9-0-0 32-13-0

Us WEC 45: Cerrone vs Ratcliff
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.12.19
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $3,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke
1:49 Round 1 of 3

Us Mike Campbell
8-0-0 6-1-0

Us WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.06.07
Odds: +184 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $3,302 ($1,302 Base, $2K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Gabe Wallbridge

Us Gladiators Cage Fighting

2008.12.13
Win | Submission | Strikes

Us Jay Ellis

Us Gladiators Cage Fighting

2008.10.04
Win | Decision | Split

Us Sherron Leggett

Us Gladiators Cage Fighting

2008.06.21
Win | KO/TKO

Us Mike Lambrecht

Us Gladiators Cage Fighting

2008.03.29
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us George Barrazza

Us Gladiators Cage Fighting

2008.02.16
Cancelled Bout Morrison Lamb Combat USA 2007.12.22
Reason: Lamb Withdrew
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Michael Skinner

Us Gladiators Cage Fighting

2007.12.01
Win | Submission | Injury

Us Lonny Amdahl

Us Gladiators Cage Fighting

2007.08.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Tom Erspamer

Us Gladiators Cage Fighting

2007.01.27

Anthony Pettis Wiki Update Wiki

Following a decision loss in his promotional debut, Pettis found his rhythm, reeling off dramatic inside-the-distance finishes against Danny Castillo (KO/TKO), Alex Karalexis (Submission), and, most remarkably, Shane Roller via submission with only nine seconds remaining in the final frame. The electrifying win over Roller earned Pettis a title shot against reigning champ Ben Henderson in a test of two young lions of the lightweight division.


In addition to his early successes in the cage, Pettis was introduced to the world at large as the focal point of the debut episode of MTV's "World of Jenks," which tracked Pettis in documentary style through his daily life and training. The Pettis World of Jenks episode was viewed by more than two million people, making it one of the most successful series launches in MTV history. "It was an absolute honor to work with Andrew and the staff at MTV," Pettis stated of his participation on the show.


In his match with Henderson, Pettis was able to get the better of "Bendo" several times with his kickboxing, and avoid being taken down by the champion's wrestling. After four close rounds, and the fight seemingly hanging on the fifth rounded, Pettis surprised Henderson by leaping of the kick, and performing his spectacular "Showtime kick" which would lead to him winning the round and the fight. The matchup was the last ever held by the WEC, and celebrated one of the best fights of 2010.   

With the WEC and UFC merger Pettis was lined up for a title shot with the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. However that fight went to a draw so an immediate rematch was scheduled, and then delayed another 5 months with both men sustaining injuries. Pettis didn't want to be side lined waiting for that fight so he took a fight with Clay Guida losing a unanimous decision and his title shot. Pettis bounced back with a split decision win over Jeremy Stephens and a highlight reel head kick knockout over Joe Lauzon


Following "Showtime's" knockout over Lauzon, Dana White again declared Pettis would receive a title shot. However, popular opinion led to Frankie Edgar receiving a rematch with new champion Ben Henderson. When Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller was announced as the winner receiving the next title shot, Pettis elected to have elbow surgery done as all major opponents in the lightweight division were booked in other matches at the time.


Pettis next fought Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 winning by a quick first round knockout. After the win, Pettis was promised a title shot by UFC president Dana White, which he would live up to and offer Pettis a shot at Jose Aldo's featherweight title in August. However due to a knee injury Pettis was forced to withdraw from the bout and once again miss his shot at a title. However thanks to a TJ Grant injury it would set Pettis up for a title shot and rematch against Ben Henderson in his home state of Milwaukee. Pettis would once again walk away victorious however this time he was able to finish Henderson in the first round with a well executed armbar. He would become the new lightweight champion as well as earning Submission of the Night.


There was talks of a match up with featherweight champ Jose Aldo but instead Pettis would coach the 20th season opposite Gilbert Melendez with the two meeting for the lightweight strap afterwords. On December 6th, 2014 Anthony Pettis defeated Gilbert via guillotine choke in the 2nd round to retain his UFC lightweight championship. At the UFC 181 post-fight press conference Pettis was questioned by Khabib Nurmagomedov on whether he would receive the next shot at the title. Pettis agreed, but the bout was never signed, instead Pettis would defend against Rafael dos Anjos. Dos Anjos would pull off the upset taking the title from Pettis in a dominant five round decision.

Last updated 03.18.2015, 3:48 PM ET
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