After parting ways with the UFC, Anthony Pettis signed with the PFL to begin the next phase of his career.
After defeating Alex Morono by unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 17, Anthony Pettis weighed his options and decided it was time to make a career change. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Pettis will look for a fresh start by signing with the PFL. Pettis verified Helwani’s report with a post of his own, as he is seen signing the contract.
Anthony Pettis has agreed to a new deal with PFL, per multiple sources.
The former UFC and WEC lightweight champion will be a part of the promotion’s 2021 season and will compete in their lightweight division, sources say.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 23, 2020
“New deal alert,” Pettis wrote.
The news comes just a day after Pettis released a statement across his social media platforms, announcing that he was leaving the UFC but was “not done yet.” The move ends a decade-plus relationship with the Zuffa/WME banner, dating back to his days as WEC champion before the promotions eventually merged in 2011.
Anthony Pettis was a UFC lightweight champion in 2013.
Pettis enjoyed a mini-championship run, culminating with two title fight victories against Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez before losing the belt to Rafael Dos Anjos in 2015. With his final UFC victory, he is on his first consecutive winning streak in six years, as 2021 lies ahead.