UFC champ Anthony Pettis targeted by arsonist in Milwaukee

Sergio Pettis. Photo / Getty Images
Sergio Pettis. Photo / Getty Images

A MMA fighter was targeted by arsonists who set three cars alight in his driveway while he and his family were asleep.

Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis found the blaze around 1am at his Milwaukee home after an unknown suspect allegedly used an accelerant to burn the three vehicles.

I am a fighter.

I won't be defeated by this. I am also extremely confused and saddened by the events that occurred. I am grateful that no one was harmed by this cowardly act. My life as well as my loved ones were put in danger. I cannot understand why someone would want to hurt myself or my family. I will do everything I can to ensure that we find out who committed this crime and that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I'm constantly defending my choice to stay in this city. Regardless of the crimes that have been occurring lately, this is my home. I really hope the city that I rep has my back on this one and helps by reporting anything they know about this. #teampettis #250k

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Pettis posted a photo of the spectacular blaze on Instagram, calling for anyone with information to come forward.

"I will do everything I can to ensure that we find out who committed this crime and that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I'm constantly defending my choice to stay in this city," he wrote. "Regardless of the crimes that have been occurring lately, this is my home. I really hope the city that I rep has my back on this one and helps by reporting anything they know about this."

Cabo #yacht #arch #cabosanlucas @uluvlisette

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"I am grateful that no one was harmed by this cowardly act. My life as well as my loved ones were put in danger. I cannot understand why someone would want to hurt myself or my family," he wrote. "I am a fighter. I won't be defeated by this. I am also extremely confused and saddened by the events that occurred."

TBT || my why #family #my #teampettis

A photo posted by Anthony Pettis (@showtimepettis) on


A preliminary investigation done by the Milwaukee police revealed that an accelerant was used to ignite two vehicles.
The fire then spread to the third car, a spokesman for the police department told MMA Fighting.

Can't wait to be back.... #December6th #UFC181 #vegas

A video posted by Anthony Pettis (@showtimepettis) on


Pettis has been an MMA fighter since 2007, winning the UFC title in 2013.

His brother, Sergio Pettis, posted a photo of what was left after the arson attack.


- news.com.au

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