Sergio Pettis Plans To Use UFC on FOX 10 Bonus Money For Corrective Eye Surgery
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.28.2014
It will really help...
Even though Sergio Pettis (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) lost his fight by submission in the third round to Alex Caceres (10-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC), his coach Duke Roufus told MMA Junkie that he plans to use the "Fight of the Night" bonus money for sorely needed corrective eye surgery. Here are highlights:
On how Pettis' loss will actually help him: "Things have been very easy for Sergio. Not that he doesn't work hard; he's one of the most disciplined guys I know, in all areas. But because he's been so disciplined, a lot of things have come easy. But this really hit him hard, and it's really going to put a chip on his shoulder."
On needing eye surgery: "He's been wearing contacts into the cage. They get knocked out early in the fight, so what happens is he stands there squinting in front of his opponents. That's what's caused him to get hit so much in his last two fights. It's easier for him to look at them if he stays still in front of his opponents instead of moving his feet."
On how experience will bring more success for Sergio: "He's just got to get used to the big lights. He's a 20-year-old kid, and there's a lot of pressure on him, but I was proud of him. It was hard. He was heartbroken, but that's the fight game. Combat sports are two-way traffic. If you're ready to win, you better also be ready to bounce back from losses."