Last night’s NAFC: Colosseum card showed a lot of excitement, from the first bout of the four-fight undercard till the finale of the main event. There was a packed house with the onlookers flowing in early to the Potawatomie Bingo and Casino Hall in Milwaukee so as not to miss any of the action being offered, including the full gamut of fighters, from those young and hungry and with something to prove as they try to make their way to MMA stardom, to veteran fighters that have the skills to compete in any organization. It was a night full of slick submission attempts and stellar strikes. From the moment the card kicked off the seats were filled with fans expressing their approval of the non-stop action. Fans were even fortunate enough to have several UFC and Bellator stars in attendance, including former WEC Lightweight Champion “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (15-2), UFC top featherweight contender “New Breed” Erik Koch (13-1), newcomer to the UFC “King” Chico Camus (11-3), and Bellator welterweight champ “Funky” Ben Askren (10-0), all of whom interacted with the audience and at one point addressed them from within the cage to talk about what’s next in their own exciting careers.
Charon Spain vs. Rick Glenn: Glenn via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 0:29
Josh Robinson vs. Dustin Ortiz: Robinson via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29), Round 3, 5:00
Chris Haney vs. Sergio Pettis: Pettis via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Matt Gauthier vs. Israel Lozano: Gauthier via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29), Round 3, 5:00
Aaron Carter vs. Rob Coulliard: Coulliard via Submission (Triangle Choke), Round 2, 4:33
Cody Osborne vs. Augusto DeNatale: Denatale via Verbal Submission, Round 2, 0:25
Zak Ottow vs. Mike Rhodes: Rhodes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Jamie Bowar vs. James Barber: Barber via Submission (Arm-Triangle), Round 1, 1:12
Dillon Woods vs. Elias Garcia: Garcia via TKO (Punches), Round 3, 1:57
Nate Jennerman vs. Doug Deback: Jennerman via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 1:20
The Pettis name is one that has infiltrated the MMA media and fan forums for the past several years, largely due to former WEC Lightweight Champion “Showtime” Anthony Pettis’ (15-2) numerous highlight reel knockouts, overall dominance of the 155lbs. division, and high-flying kicks, including an off-the-cage kick, dubbed “The Showtime Kick”, over now UFC lightweight champ “Smooth” Ben Henderson (16-2). However, a new family member is making the value of the Pettis last name soar even higher – “The Phenom” Sergio Pettis (3-0), another Roufusport prodigy and Anthony’s younger brother, is making his own name in the sport. Eighteen-year-old Sergio has gone 3-0 as a professional fighter and 4-0 as an amateur and now looks to make the cut from his usual bantamweight class to flyweight for his May 4 match-up against “Bad Boy” Chris Haney (3-2) at NAFC: Colosseum in Sergio’s hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MMA Gospel staff writer Matt Homeyer sat down with Sergio just hours before his brother’s main card fight at UFC 144 to discuss training with one of the top camps in the sport, sparring with one of the most eccentric strikers in the UFC, “stealing” nicknames, and how he feels about taking on the 125lbs. division.