An Interview with UFC Flyweight Fighter: Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis

Sergio Pettis is one of Magnum’s youngest superstar athletes.  Sergio came from very humble beginnings; this rising star certainly hasn’t let fame go to his head.

  • Hometown: Milwaukee
  • Current Location: Milwaukee
  • Height: 5’6 ½”
  • Fighting Weight: 125 lbs
  • Walk-Around Weight: 155 lbs
  • Age: 21
  • Favorite Food after a Fight: Chocolate Chips Pancakes
  • Favorite Place to Travel: Brazil and Puerto Rico
  • Social Media and Websites: www.facebook.com/SergioThePhenomPettis  and Team Pettis: http://www.teampettis.com/

Tell us a little about your background and how you got your start in fighting.

I started Taekwondo at 4 years old. I became a World Champion when I was 13. At that point, I did what I wanted with Taekwondo; I saw my brother training in MMA and I wanted to try it. I started with kickboxing then fell in love with mixed martial arts.

What has been your most memorable fight to date?

My most memorable fight was on December 6, 2014 against Matt Hobar. I remember the first punch he hit me with really rocked me, and I had to come back from that. Once I did, I felt really comfortable; the most comfortable I’ve ever felt in the octagon.

Do you get nervous before a big fight and is there something you do to psych yourself up for it?

I get extremely nervous before every fight. I go to visit my dad’s grave the day before I have to leave for my fight. I stay there as long as I need to and talk it out with him. It helps because I feel like he’s close.

After a big fight, what do you enjoy doing to celebrate?

The first thing I do is I find my mom. She doesn’t sit in the arena during the fight. She goes and prays in the restroom. After I find her, I get my hands on a big pizza and devour it.

Do you feel like you have a lot of pressure to live up to your brothers’ name, Anthony Pettits?

My first year I did feel that I had to live up to his name, but now that I am maturing, I am owning my own journey. The whole feeling of living behind his shadow is slowing dwindling.

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How did you get the nickname, “Phenom?”

I got the nickname when I was 14 years old, in my first year of training MMA. At 14, I was soaking up so much information and loving it! I was really mature for the sport and was beating up guys with more far more experience than me. There was a guy in the gym who kept telling me I was a “Phenom” like Vitor Belfort, so it just kind of stuck with me.

What’s your favorite thing about being a part of the UCF?

My favorite thing about being a part of the UFC is I get to use the exposure and attention on me to help kids and the people in my community, which I think it’s all about.

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I am able to use my influence to encourage kids and help improve the community I grew up in.

Tell us about Team Pettis and the products you carry.

Team Pettis is an idea one of our business partners came up with. We sell shirts, sweatshirts, tanks, and sweatpants. Now our supporters can represent us year round and during our fights.

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How do you keep your weight and conditioning in check?

I always travel with Magnum Quattro Chocolate Love Protein and Heat to help keep my weight down year round. I have a nutritionist for fight camp and he writes a set meal plan for me. This allows me to slowly decrease my weight leading up to a fight; it incorporates a lot of healthy proteins and vegetables, but he makes it like a Mexican cuisine so it tastes amazing!

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I run at least 15 miles a week.

Monday through Saturday my training schedule usually consists of MMA Pro practice which includes kickboxing, boxing, Jiu Jitsu and wrestling. We work technique, team drills and do pad sessions with our coach, Duke Roufus. We also do strength and conditioning on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

How did you get connected with Magnum, what’s your favorite Magnum product and how do you feel Magnum products help your training?

I got connected with Magnum through my brother, Anthony. He always had their products in our house, so I would get to try everything and I loved them. Right now, I love the new product LIMITLESS. I love the clean energy it gives me; it also gives me the edge I need to get through the rest of my practices. I finish the day feeling really good and not tired.

You are a very positive individual. What motivates you and who inspires you?

I look up to my mom. She’s really happy with life and she’s been through a lot. I see the way she views life after everything she’s been through and it makes me feel really positive. She has a big impact on me daily. I also feel very fortunate that I have been given a window of opportunity to give back to my community.

Tell us what it was like attending a Catholic High School; were you involved in sports and did you know you wanted to be a fighter back then?

I learned about Jesus Christ and the history of religion. I played basketball from 6-8th grade. I started MMA in high school and wrestled during the last two years of high school.

I noticed you can be found wearing a cross around your neck in a lot of photos. Tell us a little about it and why it’s so special to you.

My dad was always really big into jewelry and he gave me a little cross when I was young. My brothers wore them, so I wear them now.

What’s your current relationship status?

I am single.

What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a UCF fighter?

I thought I was going to go to college and become a surgeon. But right after high school, I turned pro and my MMA career took off, so I am enjoying my MMA journey!

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