Anthony Pettis points to the UFC's "rat race" for his decision to sign with the Professional Fighters League. The 33-year-old inked a deal with PFL two days before Christmas and four days after the final fight on his UFC contract took place.
- Pettis, a former 155-pound champion clarified that he wasn't part of the 60-fighter roster cut that the UFC was planning for 2020. But he ended up turning down a new contract offer that would have seen him climbing back up the ladder to title contention.
- Prior to his departure from the UFC, Pettis was ranked number 12 at welterweight. He was planning to make a lightweight return and take on Tony Ferguson in a rematch.
- "Showtime" spent nine years with the UFC, a year and a half as its undisputed lightweight champion. He jumped around between featherweight (145 pounds), lightweight (155 pounds), and welterweight (170 pounds).
- Pettis' last fight took place at welterweight against Alex Morono on Dec. 19. He won by unanimous decision.