Lightweight MMA fighter, Anthony Pettis, started his career in World Extreme Cagefighting in 2009 and became part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2010 with the merger between the UFC and the WEC. For the better part of his career, he was among the Top Ten pound-for-pound fighters but lost his place on the list in 2017 after losing four times consecutively.
Anthony Pettis became a professional mixed martial artist in December 2007 and since then, the MMA expert has had 28 professional fights with 21 wins and 7 losses. He has been one of the most loved and the most popular athletes in the UFC since 2011 and presently holds the 13th position in the UFC Lightweight division.
Anthony Pettis: Biography
Anthony Paul Pettis was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the 27th of January, 1987, to Eugene Pettis Jnr and Annette Garcia. His father, Eugene, met his untimely death in a robbery attack on the 12th of November 2003. Anthony spent his formative years in the south side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his two brothers Ray and Sergio Pettis. The UFC fighter is of Mexican and Puerto-Rican descent but his grandfather Eugene Perez Changed their surname from Perez to Pettis to avoid unnecessary discrimination.
Anthony Pettis went to attend Dominican High School for his secondary education. The young athlete began boxing and taekwondo training at the tender age of five and took on wrestling during his college years. By the time he commenced his MMA training at the age of 18, he was already a 3rd-degree black belt holder in taekwondo. Anthony has also undergone training in capoeira.
In addition to his MMA career, Anthony Pettis also has a good instinct for business. In collaboration with his business partners Scott Joffe and Duke Roufus, he opened a Roufusport MMA Academy and Showtime Sports Bar in Milwaukee. He is also the owner of a barbershop, also located in Milwaukee.
Anthony Pettis grew up with two brothers – Sergio Pettis and Ray Pettis. Notable among the two is Sergio Pettis, a tenacious fighter in the Flyweight division of the UFC. Sergio who was born on the 18th of August in 1993 is definitely a force to reckon with, much like his brother. Out of 20 fought matches, he has won 17 and only lost 3. Sergio also holds a Taekwondo 2nd-degree black belt.
Personal Life: Wife, Girlfriend
Pettis has no wife in his life at the moment. The current woman in Anthony’s life is Lisette Gadzuric, the ex-wife of the famed basketballer Daniel Gadzuric. Though there have been several photos of the couple on social media for a while now, it is not known exactly when they started dating or how long they have been together. Lisette once shared a romantic picture she took with her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day of 2017, thanking him for making her feel loved, beautiful, strong, and smart.
The loved-up couple doesn’t seem to miss an opportunity to share their relationship on social media. They are consistent in updating their followers with photos from their romantic vacations and their numerous dinner dates. The captions of the posts usually range from how blessed they are to have found each other to how much they miss each other when they are apart. What is obvious is that the duo shares a special bond with each other though it’s not the first attempt at love for either of them.
Anthony Pettis previously dated Alexandra Cartagena and the two share a daughter named Aria who was born on the 9th day of July 2011. Anthony and Alexandra have been broken up for many years now and not much is known about their relationship from when they were together.
Anthony Pettis: Height, Weight
The talented fighter has a recorded height of 5 feet 10 inches and weighs a total of 155lbs (70 kg). There isn’t much information available about his other body statistics but his punching reach is 72 inches and he is capable of throwing a kick which reaches 40 inches.
The lightweight mixed martial arts expert has accumulated a tidy net worth of $3.2 million which was accrued from his salaries as an MMA fighter and several endorsements from multinational companies like Monster Energy Drink, Budlight, Reebok, and other business ventures. His MMA annual salary is pegged at $200,000.