Anthony Pettis Set to Fight in the PFL

Anthony Pettis PFL
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 18: Anthony Pettis poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The free agency of Anthony Pettis did not last long as the former UFC lightweight champion has signed a new fight deal with the PFL. Pettis looks to compete in the lightweight division for the promotion’s 2021 season. The news was first broken by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

Anthony Pettis Signs with PFL

On Tuesday, Pettis (24-10) announced on his social media that he was testing free agency after fighting out his UFC contract on Saturday at UFC Vegas 17 where he defeated Alex Morono by unanimous decision. Pettis had fought in the UFC for almost ten years.

The 33-year-old is the former WEC lightweight champion, the former UFC lightweight champion and is one of the biggest stars the UFC has had, once gracing the cover of the Wheaties box. He compiled an 11-9 UFC record with wins against some of the biggest names in the sport including Benson Henderson, Donald Cerrone, Stephen Thompson and Charles Oliveira.  

Pettis will have a chance to win $1 million competing in the PFL lightweight tournament if he ends up being the winner.  He is the second UFC champion to move to the PFL after Fabricio Werdum also made the transition earlier this year.

Showtime will be joining a host of names in the PFL lightweight division. They include former UFC fighter Olivier Aubin-MercierNatan SchulteJohnny Case, and Clay Collard.

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