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Pettis’ vehicles set on fire at Milwaukee home, arson suspected

Anthony Pettis is seen before his mixed martial arts bout at UFC Fight Night 81, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Boston. Alvarez won via split decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

This week hasn’t been all good news for Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.

Just one day after it was announced he’d be fighting No. 3-ranked featherweight contender Max Holloway, three of Pettis’ vehicles were set on fire just outside of his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee police believe an unknown suspect set fire to the vehicles, using a substance to accelerate the the flames on two of the vehicles before prompting the third to catch fire on his driveway.

“Luckily, the police department and fire department were able to get here very quickly and took care of it and everyone was safe,” said one of Pettis’ neighbors, Carson Blaszak via FOX 6 in Milwaukee.

Pettis has yet to comment on the matter.

Anybody with relevant information pertaining to the investigation can contact Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360.

“Showtime” is scheduled to face Holloway at UFC 206 Dec. 10 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The early December pay-per-view marks the second time Pettis will enter the Octagon as a member of the featherweight division. The former lightweight champion set sail for the 145-pound class after suffering a three-fight losing streak against Rafael dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza.

Pettis bounced back from the losing skid with a third-round submission win over Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 in August.

The talented striker is currently ranked No. 6 in the UFC featherweight division, and hopes to inch his way closer to becoming a two-division UFC champion with a win over Holloway this winter.

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