When you think of siblings in sports, the first two tandems that come to mind are the NFL’s Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, and the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, in tennis. All four individuals have had success at their respective sports, but they aren’t the only ones who have gained stardom. Look at the list of mixed martial arts brothers or sisters who have starred inside the UFC.

You have the Gracies, of course, plus Joe and Dan Lauzon, Dan and Jim Miller, Frank and Ken Shamrock, Nick and Nate Diaz, and the Nogueira brothers. It’s now time to add another duo to the list: the Pettis brothers.

Twenty-six-year-old Anthony Pettis recently claimed the UFC lightweight title at UFC 164 in August, when he defeated Benson Henderson by armbar submission in the first round. “Showtime,” with his unorthodox striking and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC.

Casual fans know Anthony very well after five bouts inside the Octagon and a highlight-reel “Showtime Kick” in the final event under the WEC banner. However, some of those fans are not aware of what’s to come out of this family.

If you’ve never heard the name Sergio Pettis, let me introduce you. Sergio is 20 years old, is undefeated at 9-0, and already has his own Wikipedia page even though he has never fought for the UFC. Like Anthony, Sergio trains out of one of the most prestigious training camps in the country, Roufusport under Duke Roufus in Milwaukee. Sergio has a very similar skill set to his older brother, but he is about 20 or 30 pounds smaller.

In June, Pettis made his first appearance in the Resurrection Fighting Alliance promotion. He knocked out Dillard Pegg in just 51 seconds to earn the RFA flyweight belt. In his next fight, which took place on Saturday under the NAFC banner, Pettis fought at 135 pounds and added another title belt to his trophy case with a first-round kimura finish off his opponent, James Porter.

After his win in June, I said that the 20-year-old should continue to develop as a fighter before fighting with the UFC. But as he makes things look easy on the regional circuit, it’s becoming harder to deny this kid an invite to the big stage.

The attitude from Pettis has changed throughout the year. Early on, he said he wanted to slowly progress to the UFC. However, after his win on Saturday, Pettis pretty much begged the promotion to sign him. After Sergio’s victory, big brother Anthony pitched in on that campaign when he tweeted UFC President Dana White the following: “Congrats to my lil bro!!! Big win 2nite @ufc here we come @danawhite pettis bros taking over!!!”

White responded with a congratulatory tweet. He was then got bombarded with tweets urging him to sign the prospect.

Now is the time for the UFC to reach out to Sergio. With Anthony now sitting atop the lightweight division, the UFC has the ability to promote Sergio as a smaller version of Anthony with the same entertaining style and championship potential. People will look at Anthony as the champ and see Sergio as a man capable of following the same path.

Also, look at the flyweight division in the UFC. According to the UFC roster online, there are currently 18 flyweights in the UFC. The promotion has certainly brought in the top 125-pound fighters in the world, but it still lacks depth after the division was put together from scratch. Sergio can fight at 135, and has for the majority of his career. But if the UFC wants to provide him with an opportunity to make a quick run towards a title shot, it can easily fit him into the mix at flyweight.

Just imagine if Anthony and Sergio are able to hold championships at the same time. This would not only be historic for the brothers, but also for the UFC. As Anthony suggested, they may be able to take over the UFC in terms of marketing.

While it is a bit early to look ahead to Sergio becoming a champion in the UFC, don’t bet against it. He has evolved as a fighter in such a short period of time and still isn’t close to hitting his prime. Look out, UFC fans, because “The Phenom” may be stepping in the Octagon very soon.

Photo: Sergio Pettis (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Corey Adams
Staff Writer

Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.