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Anthony Pettis Signs with PFL, Looking To Fight at Lightweight

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‘Showtime’ Anthony Pettis has already found himself a new home after leaving UFC. Pettis has signed with the Professional Fighters League. ESPN first reported the story and now the PFL promotion themselves have confirmed the news today.

Pettis will reportedly be fighting in the 2021 season in the Lightweight division. The PFL promotion cancelled their 2020 season due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, however they are looking to return next year with a stacked roster. Anthony Pettis joins a division with the likes of Clay Collard, Johnny Case, Olivier Aubin-Mercier and PFL Lightweight Champion Natan Schulte.

Pettis finished his UFC contract with wins over Donald Cerrone and Alex Morono. These bouts were at Welterweight, but Pettis stated after the Morono fight that he plans on going down to 155 pounds, a division where he was once Champion. There were rumors that Pettis would join Bellator, but these obviously did not come to fruition.

Anthony Pettis on Move To Lightweight

‘Guys at 170 are big dudes. It’s a different beast than 155. The reason I wasn’t at 155 is pure laziness,’ Pettis stated after the Morono fighr. ‘It was me outside the Octagon getting fat and just not caring like I should care about my career. I was doing some of the extracurricular things like clubs, the partying scene and all the food that comes with that. I’ve cleared that part of my life. I’m keeping life outside the Octagon very straight. I know I can get down to 155 and be comfortable.’

Credit to Sherdog for the transcription
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