Anthony Pettis says family's lives "were put in danger" after cars set ablaze outside his home

The former UFC lightweight champion said he was "extremely confused and saddened" as three vehicles were set alight outside his Milwaukee home

BY Cian Roche 16:35 Friday 28 October 2016, 16:35 28 Oct 2016

Three cars were set ablaze outside the home of UFC star Anthony Pettis' home in Milwaukee last night.  

Local television station Fox 6 Now reports that Pettis' neighbour Carson Blaszak claimed to see a car speeding through the neighborhood of the featherweight at around 1am last night and recorded a video of the incident.

The report also claims that the assailant "used an accelerant" to ignite two vehicles, which caused the flames to spread to a third car.

No suspect have yet been named at this time by Milwaukee police. No one was injured in the incident. 

In a statement today, the former UFC lightweight champion said: "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"

'Showtime' was this week booked to face Max Holloway this December at UFC 206 in a featherweight bout and comes off the back of a submission victory against Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 in August.

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