Sergio Pettis is now, officially, a UFC fighter.
Pettis will make his promotional debut on Nov. 16 at UFC 167, where he will square off with English bantamweight Vaughan Lee, according to UFC officials.
Pettis is 9-0 as a professional, holding both the RFA flyweight championship and the NAFC bantamweight championship. He won the NAFC belt this past weekend with a first-round submission victory over James Porter in Pettis’ hometown of Milwaukee.
That was all the UFC needed to pull the trigger and work a deal to bring the 20-year-old Pettis to the Octagon.
Lee (13-9-1) is currently 2-3 in the Octagon. Coming off of a loss to Raphael Assuncao at UFC on Fuel TV 10, he is sorely in need of a victory. A loss to the incoming Pettis would put Lee’s UFC tenure at grave risk.