Living up to the expectations of fans and media when your big brother is a UFC champion is hard, but Sergio Pettis did a very good job. The younger brother of Anthony Pettis picked up a solid decision win in his UFC debut, beating a game Will Campuzano with some precision striking and good grappling. Campuzano didn't make it easy and the scores doesn't really tell the story, but the victory went to Pettis nonetheless. The judges had it 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
Campuzano let Pettis throw one strike before he dove in for a takedown. He got caught in a guillotine though, which allowed Pettis to return to his feet after he realized it wasn't there. Campuzano caught a kick and went back to the ground. Pettis eventually escaped and scored with a knee and combo. The two men exchanged hard leg kicks. Campuzano was hurt by a couple of kicks to the thigh, and Pettis continued to attack it. Pettis connected with three right hooks and more kicks while Campuzano futilely attempted to bring the action back to him. Campuzano caught a flying knee and took it down late.
The two men got right to it in round two, each connecting with leg kicks and some straight rights. Campuzano had upped his pace from round one and started connecting a bit, which led Pettis to take it to the floor. Campuzano attempted to get up but fell into a guillotine. Pettis gave that up and used a kimura attempt to take the back, but Campuzano reversed and ended up on top. Campuzano fought off some sub attempts and took Pettis' back. Pettis got his own reversal though, and they returned to the feet quickly. Pettis scored with a big knee that backed his opponent off.
Campuzano looked gassed early in round three. Pettis scored with a spinning kick and looked for a guillotine once again. Campuzano got out and quickly got a takedown. Campuzano spent a long time on top but couldn't get much going other than a few single punches. Pettis got up with 70 seconds to go. Will looked gassed and went for another takedown, but ate a right instead. Pettis scooted around in a scramble and briefly got his back, but Campuzano escaped . The fight ended with a Pettis takedown.
Pettis picked up the win in his UFC debut and moved to 10-0 overall, while Campuzano dropped to 0-3 over two UFC runs.