Highly-touted prospect Sergio Pettis will return to the Octagon at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago. He will tangle with Alex Caceres on the Jan. 25 card in a bantamweight contest. Pettis, who is the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, is starting to make a name for himself in the MMA world thanks to 10 consecutive victories to start his career. He’s a former RFA flyweight champion, and won the bantamweight title in the NAFC promotion before being signed by the UFC. Pettis’s Octagon debut came at UFC 167, as he was able to snap the five-fight win streak of Will Campuzano by recording a hard-fought unanimous decision.
“The Phenom” has all the tools to be successful in the sport and it’s evidenced by his six finishes by way of knockout and submission in those 10 career triumphs. Pettis has showcased a diversified attack during his relatively short career. He’s had some head kick finishes, possesses crisp and accurate striking, a solid ground game and tremendous speed and athleticism. In other words, he possesses many of the key attributes that have made his older brother so successful. The 20-year-old Pettis will be getting an interesting challenge in “Bruce Leeroy.”
Caceres, a former TUF alum, decided to make the switch to the 135 pound class after some rocky moments as a featherweight. He’s 4-3-1 inside the Octagon and no doubt will be itching to return after his most recently scheduled bout at Fight Night 33 in Australia against Mitch Gagnon was cancelled because of visa issues for the Canadian fighter.
In his last performance, Caceres earned a hard-fought split decision win over Roland Delorme at UFC 165. Caceres is 3-0-1 in his last four fights. A decision win over Kyung Ho Kang was changed to a no-contest after Caceres tested positive for marijuana in the post-fight drug test.
This matchup should be an entertaining one for the fans. Pettis will be looking to prove once again that he’s worth the hype, while Caceres will be looking to continue what’s been a solid roll for him in the 135 pound weight class.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports