After defeating Benson Henderson and capturing the UFC lightweight championship in front of a hometown crowd in Milwaukee, Anthony Pettis drove to his father's grave site.
On Nov. 12, 2003 Anthony Pettis' father Eugene was murdered during a robbery at a friend's home.
At age 15, Pettis determined not to let the loss of his father ruin his life, but rather drive him to become the best martial artist he could be.
“That year, Thanksgiving and Christmas were the worst of my life,” Pettis told Kevin Iole in 2009. “Each year, it’s been better, because I’ve decided to keep his memory alive and push for this goal as a way to honor him. I can feel his presence there."
“He was the type who would never be satisfied. He always thought I could do better and should keep pushing. And so that’s how I’ve tried to be as a fighter. I don’t want to be a one-dimensional guy and be labeled. I want to be the best mixed martial artist I can possibly be. If I do that, I better honor him.”
“I go visit the grave and I tell him, ‘I’m doing this for you.' I’m not in there myself. I know he’s always with me and I want to make him proud of what I’ve done.”
Pettis' Instagram chronicles the evening.
No matter the circumstances, u can make a positive from any situation!!! Love u pops!