Sergio Pettis appeared to have turned a corner at 125 pounds with a signature win against Joseph Benavidez earlier this summer.
However, following a disappointing defeat to Jussier da Silva at UFC 229 , “The Phenom” will return to bantamweight for his next bout. Pettis’ coach, Duke Roufus, announced the move via Instagram on Tuesday.
I am happy to announce my man [Sergio Pettis] is returning to the bantamweight division,” Roufus wrote. “Sergio debuted in the UFC at UFC 167 on the 20th Anniversary of the UFC card at age 20 years old at 135 [pounds]. As a bantamweight he went 3-1 and won both of his UFC bonuses. We feel he is gonna be stronger and more explosive at this division.”
After beginning his UFC tenure with a 3-1 mark at bantamweight, Pettis has gone 5-3 at 125 pounds, with notable wins over the likes of Benavidez, Brandon Moreno and John Moraga.
Roufus said that Pettis didn’t suffer any injuries against da Silva and hopes to compete at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee on Dec. 15.
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I am happy to announce my man @sergiopettis is returning to the Bantamweight Division. Sergio debuted in the @ufc at UFC 167 on the 20th Anniversary Of the UFC Card at age 20 years old at 135lbs. As a Bantamweight he went 3-1 and won both of his UFC Bonuses. We feel he is gonna be stronger and more explosive at this Division. We have reached out to the UFC Brass to have Sergio fight on the UFC Card in #milwaukee December 15. He is injury free from his fight at #ufc229 and resumes training today. Thank You Very Much for all of the Support #teampettis #roufusport #routangclan “We Grind Together, We Shine Together” #martialarts is #life