Pettis has accomplished a lot during his time as a member of
The 25-year-old known as “Showtime” rose to prominence in the
now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting organization, capturing the
imagination of millions with his highlight reel, off-the-cage kick
Henderson at the promotion’s final event in 2010 (“Anthony
Pettis Superkick” is at 3.7 million YouTube hits and counting).
Since the WEC folded into the Ultimate Fighting Championship in
2011, Pettis has continued to establish himself as a lightweight to
watch, notching triumphs against Jeremy
Stephens and Joe Lauzon in
his last two Octagon outings.
Now, with a long-rumored 155-pound title eliminator bout against
Cerrone potentially looming, Pettis is taking another
significant step in his career: He has become a part owner of
Roufusport alongside head coach Duke Roufus and general manager
In addition to ownership duties at the respected Milwaukee gym,
Pettis will also collaborate with Roufus and Joffe in running the
North American Fighting Championships (NAFC) promotion and in the
launch of an MMA themed television program, “WI MMA Today,” which
will air regionally in Wisconsin beginning Nov. 10.
“For me to become part owner of the gym that started my career in
the UFC means the world to me,” Pettis said in a release. “I get to
give other fighters the opportunity that Duke's gym gave me. I'm
sure there will be a lot of new responsibilities, but I've been
running gyms since the age of 16, so it will be nothing new. I’m
looking forward to new challenges, including the television show. I
would like to thank Duke Roufus and Scott Joffe for the
opportunity, and my family and friends for supporting me while I
achieve my goals.”
Pettis has not competed since his first-round knockout of Lauzon at
144 in February. While a bout with Cerrone has not yet been
made official, several outlets have reported that the confrontation
could take place sometime in early 2013.