Will Campuzano Returns to Keep Sergio Pettis’ UFC 167 Debut Intact

November 8, 2013
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Will Campuzano and Ox Wheeler at WEC 46Sergio Pettis couldn’t have been more excited for his promotional debut against Vaughan Lee. That is until Lee had to withdraw from the bout due to injury.

UFC officials moved swiftly, however, and secured WEC and UFC veteran Will Campuzano as a replacement, keeping Pettis’ debut intact, and offering Campuzano an opportunity to return to the Octagon.

The two will be part of the online preliminary bouts for UFC 167, which takes place on Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC 167 is headlined by a clash between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks, and also serves as the promotion’s 20th Anniversary celebration.

Pettis has been streaking to the Octagon for some time now, racking up an unblemished 9-0 record en route to joining his brother, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, under the UFC banner.

Pettis won the RFA flyweight championship in June and then the NAFC bantamweight belt in September before the UFC pulled the trigger and signed him. His Octagon debut will be as a 135-pounder.

Campuzano fought three times in the WEC and twice in the UFC, but was let go after losing both his fights in the Octagon. Nick Pace submitted Campuzano, while Chris Cariaso earned a unanimous decision nod over him. The loss to Cariaso, which forced him out of the promotion was in January of 2011.

He has since rebounded by winning five consecutive fights. Most recently, Campuzano won a split decision victory over former Dream Bantamweight Grand Prix champion Hideo Tokoro.

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  • Timothy Malone

    After getting cut from the UFC all five of his wins were when he dropped to flyweight. Is he dropping back down if he wins this? We need more guys at that weight

  • Raymond Gonzalez

    Yeah. Lets look at the facts here. He is a surging flyweight. Why would he ever go back up? This is very stupid. Bantamweights are HUGE nowadays. Scotty Jorgenson is a friggin flyweight now. This is a bad move.

    • Advance*

      Pettis’ last fight was at bantamweight so maybe he either felt more comfortable at that weight or has trouble making flyweight now. Campuzano was also doing better at flyweight but I’m guessing he’s moving up just to save this fight