Milwaukee native and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is hosting a series of mixed martial arts bouts at an unusual location near his hometown – Franklin Field, home of the Milwaukee Milkmen baseball team in Franklin.
Pettis will not fight in Friday’s event; he suffered broken hands last week and will need surgery. But his Anthony Pettis Fighting Championship will host his first Midwestern showcase event featuring the region’s top prospects.
“The APFC Midwest Invitational is the event I wish I had existed when I was coming up to the regional circuit,” Pettis said in a statement. “We seek to showcase emerging talent and emerging stars in Midwestern combat sports.”
Fighters are expected from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan, with a mission to give undiscovered MMA talent a platform. Tickets for the event are on sale at MilwaukeeMilkmen.com.
Among those on the card is Angelo Pettis, Anthony’s 18-year-old cousin who is still in high school. He is one of the first fighters on the 12-fight schedule starting at 5:30 p.m.
“I fought in everything from a motorcycle dealership to a local bar,” Anthony said of his upbringing before being discovered by the UFC. “It inspired me to create a one-of-a-kind environment. Franklin Field is one of the most modern facilities in the area and offers a dynamic range of fan experiences that other venues could not provide. My vision is to make it the Midwest MMA Coachella and spread it around the world.”