Anthony Pettis Responds to Car Fire Attack

October 28, 2016

Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis found himself under attack at his Milwaukee home early Thursday morning, three of his cars set ablaze in his driveway.

Police and firefighters were called to Pettis’ home around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, after a neighbor noticed a car speeding through the neighborhood, which was followed by a loud noise and two cars igniting in Pettis’ driveway, according to

Anthony Pettis car fireThe report noted, “Milwaukee police believe an unknown suspect used an accelerant to ignite two of the vehicles which forced flames to spread to a third vehicle sitting in Pettis’ driveway.”

Fortunately, emergency responders acted quickly and no one was injured.

Following the incident, Pettis released the following statement on Friday via his Instagram account:

“I am a fighter. I won’t be defeated by this. I am also extremely confused and saddened by the events that occurred. I am grateful that no one was harmed by this cowardly act. My life, as well as my loved ones, were put in danger. I cannot understand why someone would want to hurt myself or my family. I will do everything I can to ensure that we find out who committed this crime and that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I’m constantly defending my choice to stay in this city. Regardless of the crimes that have been occurring lately, this is my home. I really hope the city that I rep has my back on this one and helps by reporting anything they know about this.”

There was no information regarding a suspect or motivation for the attack at the time of publication.

Pettis is currently competing in the UFC featherweight division, trying to make a run at the 145-pound title. He is slated to face Max Holloway on Dec. 10 at UFC 206 in Toronto.

(Photo courtesy of Anthony Pettis)

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