Anthony “Showtime” Pettis will defend his title for the second time against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC® 185. The creative Pettis will take on the Jiu-Jitsu specialist dos Anjos March 14.
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Walk Out Song: “Show Time” by Tum Tum, featuring Jim Jones
What We Like About Showtime:
1. He Came Back Better
After taking a year or so off to a recover from an injury, Pettis returned to the Octagon™ in December to face fellow The Ultimate Fighter coach, Gilbert Melendez, hoping to silence critics.
He did that and more when he submitted Melendez with a guillotine choke. With his first title defense won, he has been exuding the confidence of a champion with staying power.
2. His Acrobatic Style
Not only is Pettis a gifted striker, but he has an incredible and energetic style to his fighting. He kicks, hits and dances around the Octagon™, almost making the submissions and knockouts of world-class fighters look easy.
3. He Has a Star-Like Quality
Similar to a Ronda Rousey, Pettis makes sense as a star. He is well-spoken, intense and not camera shy. “Showtime” is always ready to put on a performance.
Rafael dos Anjos
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Walk Out Song: “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavillion
What We Like About dos Anjos:
1. He's More Bark than Bite
When we last saw dos Anjos, he was taking down the vocal and volatile Nate Diaz. Dos Anjos’ domination of the straight-talking street talker is what earned him a title shot. It goes to show while Diaz was out talking to cameras and making declarations through social media, dos Anjos was in the gym preparing to win.
2. He Dreams Big
Although not near as big of a name as Pettis, dos Anjos is boasting an impressive record and has had a slow and steady climb up the UFC® ranks. Whatever the result of UFC® 185, this is a big moment for him and his career.
3. He is Becoming a Knockout Artist
Before the impressive Diaz beatdown, dos Anjos had two impressive wins via KO. One of those knockouts was against well-known and feared UFC® staple, Benson Henderson. With the win against Henderson, dos Anjos made a real mark in the MMA.
Other UFC® 185 Fights to Put on Your Radar
UFC® 185 will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The stacked card will feature multiple big-name fights, including former welterweight champion, Johnny “Big Rig” Hendricks’, return to the Octagon™ after his loss to Robbie Lawler in December.
Johnny Hendricks vs Matt Brown
Roy Nelson vs Alistair Overeem
Chris Cariaso vs Henry Cejudo
Sergio Pettis vs Ryan Benoit
Ross Pearson vs Sam Stout
Daron Cuickshank vs Beneil Dariush
Elias Theodorou vs Roger Narvaez
Jake Lindsey vs Joe Duffy
Larissa Pacheco vs Germaine de Randamie
Jared Roshot vs Josh Copeland
Be at UFC® 185 as a VIP!
With UFC VIP Experience, you can have an experience unlike any other while attending the highly anticipated bouts. With UFC VIP Experience Official Ticket Packages, you will receive VIP status and be granted access to behind-the-scenes events such as the pre-fight weigh-ins, official UFC® fighter Q & A’s and tours of the Octagon™!
Before heading to watch it all go down in the Octagon™ , you will be treated in the
VIP Hospitality Party Room to gourmet fare and a fully stocked open-bar. While lounging in the VIP suite, you will have the chance to meet, greet and receive photo ops with everyone from the Octagon Girls™ to MMA legends, to even current UFC® fighters and champions!
Do not miss your opportunity to have the ultimate fan experience UFC® 185!