Sergio Pettis Planning Return to Flyweight According to Coach
By FCF Staff
After coming up short against bantamweight Rob Font in December, Sergio Pettis is planning to return to the flyweight division, according to his longtime coach, Duke Roufus.
Pettis moved up to 135, following a decision loss to flyweight contender, Jussier “Formiga” in October. The Roufusport fighter also made the move when the future of the flyweight division was extremely uncertain.
Recently Roufus spoke with MMA Fighting, and while discussing Pettis, he said this:
“We just talked to his management team and we’re seeking to get on the San Francisco card,” Roufus said. “He’s looking to return to flyweight as well. I was with Henry Cejudo at a UFC pool party and I said, ‘Hey, thanks for saving the flyweight division.’
“I mean, the UFC said it didn’t go away, but it really did go away, they cut a lot of fighters, but Sergio wants to return to flyweight. He had a lot of success there.”
Before Pettis (17-5) faced “Formiga”, he worked his way to a split decision win over Joseph Benavidez in June. Since Cejudo also won the bantamweight belt, UFC President Dana White has said that the champ-champ will be defending both the 125 and 135 title moving forward.