Sergio Pettis Remains Undefeated Following Unanimous Decision Win Over Chris Haney at NAFC Colosseum
It may not have been the flashiest of fights or ended in spectacular fashion but Sergio Pettis reigned supreme again on Friday night in Milwaukee.
Outlasting Chris Haney on the main card of North American Fighting Championship "Colosseum", Pettis raised his undefeated streak to four and emerged victorious in his flyweight debut.
Heading into his 125-pound unveiling much of the hype around Pettis centered upon whether or not the 18-year-old was ready to make the leap into the deep waters of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But "The Phenom" immediately put that talk to rest after his unanimous decision victory over Haney.
"There was obviously a lot of hype about me saying that I could get in the UFC fast and that got in my head thinking knock this guy out and you're going to get in the UFC. And that right there made me freeze," Pettis told US Combat Sports. "But I'm young. I have so much time ahead of me and I just have to keep winning so there's no rush for the UFC. I would like the big bucks but I'm happy doing this right now."
Despite winning handily on all three judges scorecards (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), the Roufusport flyweight was not impressed by his performance. Always looking to improve, Pettis vowed to use the matchup as a lesson for the future.
"I was frustrated. I came in here wanting to knock the guy out obviously but I'm glad I had this fight. It made me learn a lot kind of like when Anthony fought Clay Guida. I'm glad I won but I was really upset with my performance. I was too tight, I was too worried with what he was doing, and I just didn't get off as much as I wanted to."
While it won't be in the UFC, the young Milwaukeean is still in line for the greatest challenge of his career later this year. His coach Duke Roufus confirmed with USCS that Pettis is set to replace Chico Camus in the finals of the Legend Fighting Championship bantamweight tournament.
It may not have been in the manner that Pettis was hoping, but his victory over Haney at NAFC "Colosseum" proved that the young fighter is more than capable of performing in the flyweight division, can go all three rounds in a fight with ease, and that he has one of the brightest futures in the business.