Sergio Pettis fought some of the best in the world at flyweight.
But when he made the move to bantamweight, that is when he found his home.
And his world title.
Pettis, the reigning Bellator bantamweight champion, will defend his belt against Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 272.
“When I fought at 125 (pounds), I was definitely feeling fragile. The mentality at 125 is a lot different,” Pettis said. “It was a tough weight class for me because I walk around at about 162 or 165 (pounds). The individual I was back then wasn’t as dedicated.”
Pettis had a long stint in the UFC before joining Bellator. He claimed the title with a decision win over Juan Archuleta and will be making his first defense.
“I am in a groove right now and am on a four-fight win streak. You are really starting to see my potential. I really lacked that at the beginning of my career. I did not believe in my myself or my skill set. Right now, I believe in my skill set. My mindset is sharp, and everything is coming together.”
Horiguchi, meanwhile, is a former Bellator champion. He also currently holds the Rizin title.
“I don’t care where I fight, either in Japan or this arena (Mohegan Sun). My condition is the best right now,” he said. “I prepared quite well for this fight. I will win.
“Pettis is a great fighter because he has the belt right now, but I am going to get it back.”