Report: Will Campuzano Steps in to Fight Sergio Pettis at UFC 167

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2013

Sergio Pettis
Sergio Pettis

Earlier this week, Vaughan Lee dropped out of his fight with UFC newcomer Sergio Pettis. It now appears that the brother of UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis has a new opponent. 

According to a tweet from Will Campuzano, he has signed with the UFC to take Pettis on at UFC 167 in Las Vegas. That means the former UFC employee will have just about a week's notice for this bout.

Though it's not formally announced by the UFC, one would have to assume that this bout will be in the bantamweight division, as Pettis was set to fight Lee there and Campuzano used to compete in that weight class.

Campuzano was in the UFC for two fights that lasted just two months. He lost both of those bouts, a submission to Nick Pace and a decision to Chris Cariaso.

Previous to that, Campuzano was a part of the WEC, which is why he got his first chance in the UFC. He was 1-2 in the WEC, beating Cody Wheeler while falling to Damacio Page and Eddie Wineland.

Following his departure from the UFC, Campuzano made the drop to the flyweight division and put together a good streak. Notably, he knocked out flyweight prospects Josh Sampo and Jimmy Flick in that weight class, that put him amongst the top of the divisional rankings. 

As for Pettis, he is undefeated and has competed at both 125 and 135. He is just 20 years old, making him the youngest fighter currently on the UFC roster.

Looking at this fight, we could have a Fight of the Night contender on our hands. Both men are strikers that use a wide-range of techniques to hurt their opponents. Campuzano has some sharp knees and boxing, while Pettis is more of a taekwondo stylist with heavy kicks.

One would have to expect that whatever the outcome is of this fight, Campuzano will likely drop to the flyweight division. He has been successful there and is perfectly fit for that class.

We await a formal announcement from the UFC, though there have been some whispers that Campuzano was set for a return.

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