Initially, Sergio Pettis was scheduled to face Kai Kara-France at UFC 245 on pay-per-view (PPV). According to a report from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Pettis’ December 14 fight has been put on hold, as he will test out free agency after his contract with the UFC has expired.
The report noted Pettis was allowed to explore other options after it was realized his contract with the UFC had expired. Pettis is not ruling out a return to the Las Vegas-based promotion but does want to see what other opportunities are available to him as well. It remains unclear if the UFC plans to keep the fight between Pettis and Kara-France on the card, or if Kara-France will remain on the card with a new opponent.
The 26-year-old Pettis comes off a unanimous decision victory over Tyson Nam, ending a two-fight losing streak. Throughout his UFC run, Pettis owns victories over notable names such as John Moraga, Brandon Moreno, and Joseph Benavidez. He attempted a run at bantamweight in his fight against Rob Font last December, only to lose via decision.
Now, Pettis will explore free agency with a victory under his belt and no shortage of possible landing spots with promotions such as Bellator MMA and ONE Championship always looking to add to their respective rosters.
What do you think about Pettis wanting to test free agency? Will he return to the UFC?