Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, has signed with the UFC and will debut at UFC 167, the UFC tweeted on Tuesday.
— UFC (@ufc) October 1, 2013
Pettis will fight Vaughan Lee (13-9) at the UFC 167 card in Las Vegas on Nov. 16. The card is headlined by George St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks.
Pettis, currently the Resurrection Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, will reportedly fight as a bantamweight in the UFC. He enters the UFC as the bantamweight division heats up with the rise of Renan Barao, who has served as interim champion in the two-year absence of bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz
Pettis has been angling to get into the UFC alongside his brother for the awhile. He said prior to this fight last Saturday that he was hoping to make an impression so that he could impress the higher-ups at UFC.
“I want to fight my way into the UFC and get my belt,” Pettis said last week.
Pettis defeated Porter with a first-round kimura.
Daniel “Big Dog” Wanderley, jiu-jitsu coach for Pettis told Combate.com: “Yes he just signed with the UFC. He signed on Monday and now will fight Nov. 16. He will fight in the 135-pound division.”