On August 12th, Anthony Pettis Fighting Championship will return for its sophomore event, the APFC Midwest Invitational. Live from Franklin Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Midwest Invitational will feature the very best talent from the region in men’s and women’s professional and amateur bouts. Already announced for the card is undefeated prospect Austin Bashi. Now, according to the promotion’s official Facebook, Angelo Pettis is to fight at the event.
Angelo Pettis is the 18-year-old cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and reigning Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis. Competing in his fourth amateur bout since November, Angelo Pettis is currently sitting at an undefeated record of 3-0 with two first-round finishes, which means all eyes are on Pettis to fight in this bout.
In an interview with Tanner Dorow of Sports Mockery, Angelo Pettis discussed when he first realized that he wanted to pursue the same career as his cousins Anthony and Sergio Pettis.
“I’d say about seven or eight years old,” said Pettis. “I started taekwondo then and I would always see them fight. Ever since then, I was interested in, you know, always wanted to be a fighter like them.
“Around 10 or 11 I stopped training for a little bit and played football, but around 13 or 14 I went back to Roufusport and started fully training. Ever since then, I’ve been playing pankration, and right when I turned 18 in November, I had my first fight.”
Sergio Pettis Takes Mentoring Role With Cousin Angelo Pettis Ahead of His Anthony Pettis Fighting Championship Debut
Walking in the footsteps of two highly successful family members can certainly bring added pressure. Still, Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis is taking a big role in Angelo Pettis’ development as an elite mixed martial artist.
“Yeah, for sure, man. Angelo Pettis is a beast. He’s only 18 years old, had his first amateur MMA fight, walked through the guy with ease. Definitely, someone to look out for in the future. He’s a hard worker, humble individual, and I’m excited for his future. Awesome to kind of play big brother for a little bit too. Teaching him things that are important for, I think, his career and his lifestyle.”
Angelo Pettis steps onto the APFC Midwest Invitational card on just two weeks’ notice. The promotion noted that Pettis will be stepping in as an injury replacement, but did not announce who the newly graduated prospect would be facing at Franklin Field on August 12th.
The event is scheduled to air on UFC Fight Pass and the promotion’s official Facebook page.
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