MMA

Milwaukee’s Anthony Pettis earns 8th UFC win

Fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, 31, has recently earned his eighth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. On July 7, 2018, he defeated Michael “Maverick” Chiesa, 30, of Spokane, Washington, at “UFC 226,” which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pettis and Chiesa competed at a catch weight of 157.5 lbs at “UFC 226.” It was the eighth bout of the evening.

The catchweight bout between Pettis and Chiesa ended at 0:52 of Round 2. The fighter from Milwaukee submitted his opponent from Spokane via triangle armbar.

It was a redemptive win for Pettis who was coming out of a loss to Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 29, of Carencro, Louisiana. On November 11, 2017, the latter submitted the former via body triangle at “UFC Fight Night 120.”

Born in Milwaukee, Pettis graduated from Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin in 2005. As a professional mixed martial artist, he has been competing professionally since 2007 and he is is training under striking coach Duke Roufus, also a Milwaukee native.

When Pettis made his UFC debut on June 4, 2011 at “The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale,” he lost to Clay “The Carpenter” Guida, 36, of Round Lake, Illinois via unanimous decision. On October 8, 2011 at “UFC 136,” Pettis had his first win in the promotion by beating Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens, 32, of Des Moines, Iowa via split decision.

Both via knockout, Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon, 34, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, 35, of Broomfield, Colorado lost to Pettis at “UFC 144” on February 26, 2012 and at “UFC on Fox 6” on January 26, 2013, respectively. Pettis submitted Benson “Smooth” Henderson, 34, of Glendale, Arizona at “UFC 164” and Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez, 36,of San Francisco, California at “UFC 181.”

On August, 27, 2016, Pettis submitted Charles “Do Bronx” Oliviera, 28, of Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil via guillotine choke at “UFC on Fox 21.” On July 8, 2017, Jim”A10″ Miller, 34, of Sparta, New Jersey lost to Pettis via unanimous decision at “UFC 213.”

After beating Chiesa at “UFC 226,” Pettis improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 21 wins and 7 losses. On the other hand, Chiesa’s record downgraded to 14 wins and 2 losses.

Before “UFC 226,” Pettis talked to James Lynch about his bout against Chiesa. Watch the interview here:

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