Sergio Pettis is in Brazil for a week of training with renowned jiu-jitsu coaches Daniel and Diego Moraes, where he managed to find the time to speak with the Brazilian media regarding his preparation for his upcoming fight against Yaotzin Meza in June, as well as the influence of his brother, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
The 20-year old lost his second UFC fight back at UFC on Fox 10, where he was caught in a third round rear-naked choke by Alex Caceres in the evening's 'Fight of the Night.' While Pettis was disappointed with the loss on his record, he was generally satisfied with his performance, adding that it was a mistake in the third round that cost him the match.
"It was the first loss of my career." Sergio told the media at a press conference with his brother. "A lot of people lose; Anderson lost, GSP lost, Anthony [Pettis] lost. It is part of being in the sport. It is very tough to lose. I did not want to lose that fight. I fought very well; the last minute of the fight I made a little mistake in the takedown and got submitted."
With a record of 1-1 inside the octagon, and with the experience gained from his first professional loss, Pettis is looking to make a point at UFC Fight Night 42.
"It taught me a lot and the next fight for sure I am going to prove myself"
Sergio also discussed the influence his older brother has had on his career so far, emphasizing what a "blessing" it is to train with a champion on a regular basis.
"Anthony is my role model. He has taught me a lot in this sport. He taught me mostly to just take my time with it. I am still young - only 20 years old. I've got a lot to learn, and having him in my corner and in my life is for sure a blessing. He is a champion; I am the younger brother of a champion and I am going to try and follow in his role."
UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov takes place June 7 at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.