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Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis signs with the PFL

"Showtime" to compete as lightweight in 2021 season

One day after declaring himself a free agent, “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (24-10-0) has signed with the PFL.

“I am excited to announce that the PFL has signed two-time world champion, Anthony Pettis,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said in a press release. “Not only is Anthony a transcendent athlete within the sport of MMA, but he is also an innovator in the cage who is known for his charismatic fighting style and determination to win. I am confident that Anthony will bring that ‘wow’ factor into every matchup he participates in over the course of our season format, and we’re excited for him to join the PFL family.”

Pettis, 33, is a former WEC and UFC lightweight champion who recently defeated Alex Morono at UFC on ESPN+ 41, in his last octagon fight. He is the first MMA fighter to be featured on a Wheaties cereal box.

“As we get closer to the start of PFL’s 2021 season, we are looking forward to showcasing Anthony’s talents on ESPN and around the world via PFL’s global distribution network,” Murray added.

“I am really looking forward to this next big challenge after signing with the PFL to compete in the lightweight division,” Pettis said. “I’m super impressed with what the PFL has built, how they are growing the sport, and the amazing talent they have added. I’ve been watching the Brazilian guy [Natan] Schulte who is the champion and he is really good but there isn’t anyone I’m scared of.

“The season format is great; I think it will be an amazing new journey for me and to get to wrap it up over the course of one year will be awesome. I can’t wait to get another world championship to add to my collection.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The PFL’s 2021 season begins on April 23 on ESPN2. Regular Season events take place on April 29, May 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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