Sergio Pettis Earns Tachi Contract With Dominating Win Over Tom McKenna at LFC 53; Is He Ready for the UFC? (VIDEO)
Sergio Pettis, welcome to Tachi Palace Fights. The meteoric rise of the sport's most promising bantamweight prospect continued on Saturday night in Indianapolis as "The Phenom" easily dispatched of Tom McKenna in the Legends of Fighting Championship main event to remain undefeated and earn a contract into the Tachi Palace organization.
Picking up right where his Roufusport teammate Chico Camus began, Pettis continued his assault on the 135-pound division as he overmatched Kentucky's McKenna en route to a first round submission victory at "LFC 53 – Memorium".
Beginning the fight with a solid bevy of leg kicks and one tumultuous kick to the body, "The Phenom" was always one step faster than McKenna as he landed shots at will. Pettis' eerily advanced striking skills were on display from the opening bell but it was ground game that would eventually cap off the night.
After being put on his back near the middle of the round Pettis remained composed and nearly sunk in an armbar before the fight went back to the feet. Back standing, the Milwaukee native landed a beautiful head kick-left straight combo that forced McKenna to shoot for a lazy single leg. The sloppy shot was all Pettis needed to sink in a fight-ending guillotine 3:52 into round number one.
With a wide smile on his face and his normal thanks to older brother Anthony, coaches Duke Roufus and Scott Cushman, and teammates Camus and Erik Koch, the youngest Pettis brother had his hands raised for the fifth time since joining the professional ranks.
Since his professional debut victory over Kyle Vivian back in September of last year, Pettis has exploded on the bantamweight scene. Outside of a unanimous decision victory over Chris Haney at 125-pounds, Pettis has finished every one of his 135-pound opponents in spectacular fashion in the early portion of his career.
Equipped with a dangerous array of skills in seemingly every aspect of the fight game, a determined and motivated mindset well beyond his years, and a loyal set of teammates and coaches, there is no ceiling for Pettis' potential.
Despite only being 18 years old, Pettis has already put himself near the top of a very short list of the best bantamweights currently fighting outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But with one or two more wins expect Pettis to be joining a number of his Roufusport teammates on the grandest stage in all of combat sports.