No one was happier than Sergio Pettis on Friday night at Bellator 297 — except maybe his brother Anthony Pettis.
The younger Pettis brother showcased his outstanding skills and successfully defended his Bellator bantamweight title. He competed against Patricio Pitbull in a dominant performance during Bellator 297’s co-main event. The judges’ scores of 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46 clearly reflected Pettis’ win in the five-round match.
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Patricio Pitbull had been the center of attention leading up to the event, as he aimed to make history by becoming the first three-division champion in a major MMA organization. For Sergio Pettis, the challenge was intensified by the fact that this was his first match since December 2021 and his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in 2022.
Nevertheless, the elder Pettis brother remained steadfast in his belief.
Anthony Pettis took to Twitter after Sergio’s victory and shared his winning betting ticket for the bout. It appears that he had quite a lucrative outcome from his bet on his underdog sibling.
Anthony’s bet of $50,000 at +145 odds paid off handsomely, resulting in a substantial total payout of $122,500.
By successfully defending his Bellator bantamweight title against Patricio Pitbull, Sergio Pettis not only secured his own win but also brought immense joy to his brother Anthony. The younger Pettis proved himself in the face of a challenging opponent and emerged victorious, solidifying his place in the division.
Additionally, Sergio Pettis received a tonne of praise from the MMA community after his win. His successful return to combat at Bellator 297 after a protracted absence due to an ACL tear was something people appreciated. Additionally, he ended Pitbull’s quest to become the first three-division champion of a major MMA company.
Bellator 297 card and results:
- Vadim Nemkov defeated Yoel Romero via unanimous decision
- Sergio Pettis defeated Patricio Pitbull via unanimous decision
- Corey Anderson defeated Phil Davis via split decision
- Gokhan Saricam defeated Daniel James via unanimous decision
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