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Three cars set on fire outside of Ex-UFC champion Anthony Pettis' Milwaukee home

Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was the apparent victim of an attack that saw three of his vehicles set on fire in the driveway of his Milwaukee home early Thursday morning. The news was first reported by Fox 6 when a witness noticed something...

Three cars set on fire outside of Ex-UFC champion Anthony Pettis' Milwaukee home


Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was the apparent victim of an attack that saw three of his vehicles set on fire in the driveway of his Milwaukee home early Thursday morning.

The news was first reported by Fox 6 when a witness noticed something wasn’t right in the neighborhood.

“I saw a car speeding through the neighborhood,” said Carson Blaszak. “Right around the same time as that happened, there was kind of a large bang. It was three cars caught on fire. I just, I ran outside, and I was hoping, you know, the house hopefully wasn’t gonna catch on fire.”

The cars belonged to Anthony Pettis, who recently had his next fight announced against featherweight Max Holloway at UFC 206 in Toronto, Canada. The fire was no accident as Milwaukee police are investigating as a case of arson and suspect that an accelerant was used on the first two vehicles, which caused the fire to spread to a third car.

Fortunately, the police and fire departments responded quickly and were able to contain the fire before it spread to the Pettis household.

After initially refusing interviews regarding the incident, Pettis took to Instagram to make a statement.

“I won’t be defeated by this,” Pettis said. “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.”

Although Pettis said that he’s aware of the uptick of criminal activity, he held firm that this won’t push him out of Milwaukee.

“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,” he continued. “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.”

Anthony’s younger brother, Sergio, who also competes in the UFC, also posted a statement on his Instagram account in front of the smoldering wreckage.

“The cars might be broke but we will never be broken,” the younger Pettis posted. “We might come from a violent sport but we are peaceful people. So let’s end the violence in our city and come together.”

Sergio Pettis has been sidelined with a minor injury after having to be pulled from his UFC Fight Night 96 bout with Louis Smolka. He has yet to be scheduled for another fight. As for Anthony Pettis, his co-main event bout with Max Holloway will take place on December 10th against the fast rising Holloway. Pettis is currently a +150 underdog according to Sportsbook Review as he will be facing Holloway in his second fight as a featherweight after the 29-year-old’s successful debut in the weight class against Charles Oliveira in August.



Miesha Tate "wouldn't be against" fighting Cris Cyborg

UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate holds an open gym day for the media at Xtreme Couture on June 27, 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It’s no secret that the UFC is struggling to find credible opponents for Cris “Cyborg” Justino. The #15 ranked pound for pound fighter by the UFC has destroyed her last two opponents, Lina Lansberg and Leslie Smith, with little trouble and fans have been clamoring for her to face one of the more recognizable names in women’s MMA.

Although a Ronda Rousey fight has been the women’s MMA equivalent to Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, it doesn’t seem close to coming to fruition anytime in the near future. But while so many other women don’t appear to be too interested in facing the Invicta 145 pound champion, a former UFC women’s bantamweight champ says that she certainly wouldn’t mind stepping up to face the powerful Brazilian.

Miesha Tate appeared on The MMA Hour to talk about her UFC 205 showdown with Raquel Pennington but made it clear that she’d be more than willing to fight Cyborg at a catchweight of 140 pounds if the opportunity presented itself.

“When I was the champ the UFC told me that they would not do a catchweight fight,” Tate said. She recently lost her title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 back in July. “But now that I’m not the champ I could fight her at 140. I wouldn’t be against it.”

Although she joked that a fight with Cyborg may “take a couple of years off” her life, the former UFC and Strikeforce champion sees the fight as a high risk, high reward prospect that could only enhance her career.

“I have nothing to lose in that fight,” Tate said. “I’d be fighting a girl that is such a powerhouse and just crushing girls. If I went in there and beat her or if I gave her a solid run for her money, it says a lot. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing it but it hasn’t been discussed yet.”

Obviously, Tate has her hands full with Pennington on November 12, but is more than willing to explore the possibility of the fight should Cyborg need an opponent.

The mere suggestion is more than can be said for most of the women in the UFC.


Daniel Cormier to defend UFC title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 206


UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his title against Anthony Johnson in the main event of UFC 206 in Toronto on Dec. 10. The fight, which will take place at the Air Canada Centre, was announced on FS1’s “UFC Tonight.”

The announcement follows speculation that Jon Jones – who had his disciplinary hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing a UFC 200 drug test postponed – could face Johnson in an interim title fight. But with Jones’ hearing pushed back to November, the UFC moved forward with the rematch from UFC 187, where Cormier submitted Johnson to take possession of the championship that Jones had vacated when he was suspended last year.

“The city of Toronto is still buzzing after the Blue Jays’ walk-off home run last night,” Cormier said. “The only thing more exciting than that is that I am defending the undisputed UFC light heavyweight title in the Six on December 10 at UFC 206, only on pay-per-view. Down will go Rumble … again.”

Both Cormier and Johnson were interested in fighting each other and proposed that they “move on” from Jon Jones until his legal issues cleared up. However, Dana White proposed the idea that Jones could return to face Johnson if his suspension was lessened by the NAC, much to the chagrin of both Cormier and Johnson.

But with Jones out of the way, there is a clear path to the rematch. Cormier (18-1) is coming off a UFC 200 victory over Anderson Silva, who stepped in on short notice after Jon Jones was pulled from the card less than 72 hours before the event after the USADA violation. As for Johnson (22-5), aside from his loss to Cormier, he has been on a tear with 12 victories in his last 13 fights. He has won his last three fights by knockout to put himself right back into title contention.




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