RISING PHENOM SERGIO PETTIS RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS IN MAIN EVENT AT THE NAFCS BATTLEGROUND“The Phenom” returns; Sergio Pettis to headline “Battleground” in Milwaukee
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): The North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) today announced the main event for its next electrifying fight event, Battleground, which takes place Friday, March 29, 2013 inside the newly remodeled Potawatomi Bingo Casino-Expo Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally, the main event was to feature UFC veteran Marcus LeVesseur, who unfortunately suffered an injury in training and had to withdraw.
Replacing LeVesseur will be Roufusport’s Sergio The Phenom Pettis, brother of UFC star Anthony Showtime Pettis. The homegrown rising star was scheduled to face Matt Manzanares in the RFA on March 22nd, but Manzanares was forced out with an injury, leaving Pettis without an opponent. The RFA was gracious enough to allow The Phenom to return home to Milwaukee for this bout in the NAFC, where he will take on experienced striker Josh Robinson.
Two additional bouts have been announced for Battleground, as well. In the co-main event of the evening, Jose Temato Pacheco () from Adrian Serranos Combat Gym will take on Unified MMAs Captain Morgan Sickenger of Manitowoc, Wisconsin in a highly-anticipated encounter between two local crowd favorites.
Doors open at 7:00 pm, with the undercard for Battleground starting shortly thereafter, the main card begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at , by calling , in-person at Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater Box Office, and at the door the night of the event. Tickets are $100 VIP Cageside ($110 door), $60 Floor Reserved ($70 door), and $35 Bleacher General Admission ($40 door). For more information, please visit .
We are extremely grateful to Ed Soares and the RFA for allowing Sergio to step up and take the main event slot on our NAFC card in his own hometown, said NAFC partner and promoter Scott Joffe. Sergio is a great, up-and-coming young fighter, and his many fans in Milwaukee love watching him compete. Hes definitely got a tough battle on his hands with Josh Robinson, and I expect nothing but non-stop fireworks between the two!
A solid kickboxer with a developing ground game, the 19 year-old Pettis (6-0) has experienced a fast start to his career, winning all six of his professional MMA fights. Hes won two fights by TKO, two by submission and two by decision, giving him a good amount of well-rounded experience at such a young age. Now, hell put his undefeated record on the line against Robinson, who beat “The Phenom’s” teammate Dustin Ortiz by split-decision last year in the NAFC.
I’m extremely grateful the RFA has given me an opportunity to fight outside of the organization, explained Pettis. I trained really hard for Matt Manzanares and cut a lot of weight, but, unfortunately, he got injured. So this was a blessing to get a fight in my hometown once again. Thank you, RFA!
Regarding Robinson, Pettis said, I saw him fight my teammate Dustin. He is very active and explosive it’ll be an interesting fight. I’m excited to showcase my skills in front of my hometown once again, and Robinson better be ready, because Im bringing my A game. And to the fans they can expect to see greatness on the 29th.
Josh Shortstack Robinson (7-6) is a tough-as-nails scrapper who has already made a name for himself in Wisconsin for his victory over Ortiz. He now has the opportunity to really make a splash in the MMA world with his bout against Sergio Pettis and he feels more than ready.
To me, the name Pettis is only the name of the guy in front of me, stated Robinson. His last name doesn’t make him any better a fighter than my name makes me. Its just that: a name he happens to share with his family. I have already shown the Wisconsin fans that I have world class standup, and we all know Sergio does too. But I’m coming in a new fighter, a new person, and a new man. I have tons of respect for Sergio, but also feel he had never faced an opponent like me. I’m not afraid of a name or a gym.
To Sergio, Josh has a message: My message to him is this: good luck, Sergio. No disrespect, but I have to end this fight with a statement. I have had a bad couple fights in a row, and that madness has made me more dangerous than an undefeated fighter. See you on the 29th!
The full Battleground fight card will be released shortly. Stay tuned to for the latest information!
North American Fighting Championship is operated by famed fight trainer Duke Roufus and his business partner and producer Scott Joffe. Roufus is one of the most recognizable MMA and striking coaches in North America, and is considered to be one of the top trainers of Muay Thai kickboxing outside of Thailand. Roufus also runs the Roufusport Fight Club team, which includes UFC stars Anthony Showtime Pettis, Alan Belcher, Erik New Breed Koch, Pascal Panzer Krauss and Chico “King” Camus.
NAFC creates and produces events that feature combatants who have fought in the UFC, WEC, and other top level organizations, as they take on local fighters looking to make it to the next level. Current and former UFC fighters who have fought on past NAFC and Gladiators Fighting shows (the NAFCs predecessor) include Anthony Showtime Pettis, former UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne, Ben Rothwell, Pat Barry, Eric Red Schafer, Jesse Lennox, Bart Bartimus Palaszewski, Jason Dynamite Dent, Rex Holman, Joe Doerksen, Dan Bobish, Ryan The Lion Madigan, Josh Heavy Hendricks, and Sherman The Tank Perdergarst.
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