It’s never easy in the sports world when you have a sibling that many view as a superstar. In the NFL, Eli Manning was always pressured to live up to older brother Payton Manning. In the NBA, Marc Gasol has yet to show he has the all star talent possessed by older brother Pau Gasol. Now in the UFC, there is Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
Sergio will enter the octagon on Saturday looking to rebound after his first career loss to Alex Caceres. He will do battle against Yaotzin Meza, a man who is coming off a loss to Chico Camus.
“The Phenom” is still very much a raw talent at this point in his career. He is only 20 years old and has only had two UFC fights, winning against Will Campuzano and losing to Caceres. The only thing known about Sergio is that he appears to be well-rounded, and he is the younger brother of Anthony.
The situation with the Pettis brothers is a little different than the aforementioned examples. Anthony and Sergio, though in the same organization, don’t compete in the same weight class. There is little to no chance the two would ever fight each other outside of the gym and neither is a threat to the other in their respective division.
Unfortunately, there will always be a chip on Sergio’s shoulder to live up to his brother’s talent. When it comes to sports, no sibling wants to believe he or she is worse than the other (no matter what is said in professional interviews).
It’s certain Sergio, at the least, wants to impress his older brother. He will have a chance to do so this weekend when he fights Meza. Given that the two train together and are brothers, Anthony has probably spoken to his brother about the recent loss and given him some pointers in the process. Sergio will more than likely defeat Meza.
As to whether or not he will be able to live up to the hype he has garnered by just being “Showtime’s” little brother, only time will tell. He is just 20 after all.