According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis has signed a deal with the Professional Fighters League. Sources also told Helwani that Pettis plans to comete at lightweight during the 2021 season.
Personally, I’m really happy for Pettis. UFCs payment can be real flaky, and it’s always great to see a vet of the sport get one last big contract before he calls it a career. This also serves as a valuable opportunity for Pettis to gain some momentum inside the cage as well. Don’t get me wrong, the PFL’s got some talent, but just like not as much, ya know? Pettis has fought guys like Cowboy Cerrone and Nate Diaz in the last year and a half in the UFC … the PFL doesn’t even have a lightweight division yet. I think it’s fair to say he’ll be amongst the top dogs over there.
I’m really gonna miss Showtime in the UFC. He never backed down from a challenge, and was always down to put on a banger of a fight for the fans. But, we’re still gonna see those sexy spin kicks inside the PFL cage, and I hope he showtime kicks every PFL fighter into a new dimension.