UFC lightweight-turned-featherweight Anthony Pettis won’t be the only member of his family competing for gold this summer, as Resurrection Fighting Alliance has revealed younger brother Sergio Pettis will get the biggest test of his career on June 21 when he faces seasoned veteran Jeff Curran for the company’s flyweight title. The match-up pits new school against the old, as Pettis is only 19 and relatively new to the sport, especially when compared to Curran’s 15-year run in the ring.
Pettis-Curran will serve as the evening’s main event. Also notable, Pettis won’t be the only fighter at RFA 8 with UFC connections on the card, as Chinzo Machida and Keoni Koch will also see action at the event.
The 7-0 Pettis has looked sharp since turning pro in September 2011. Four of his wins have featured a finish with an even split between those coming from TKO/submission.
“It’s an honor to be fighting Jeff Curran, because I grew up watching him on TV and I know he’s fought the best in every top MMA organization out there, including former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra,” explained Pettis in a press release, referring to his excitement about the upcoming tilt. “It’s awesome knowing that I’m fighting him for the first-ever RFA flyweight title in the main event of the RFA in my home town.”
Curran holds an overall record of 33-15-1 with nineteen submissions of his own. However, he is currently on a two-fight slide and hasn’t competed in a little over a year.
Read below for the RFA 8 lineup as announced thus far:
Mike Rhodes vs. Ben Smith
Dan Moret vs. Jose Pacheco
Chinzo Machida vs. Pedro Munhoz
Keoni Koch vs. James Barber
Lance Palmer vs. Jared Downing (Featherweight Title-Fight)
Sergio Pettis vs. Jeff Curran (Flyweight Title-Fight)
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