Although Anthony Pettis seems pretty adamant about fighting for a championship belt next, just ask TJ Grant, that isn’t preventing Josh Thomson from calling out the former WEC champ. Since Thomson took out one of the promotion’s top lightweights in Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 7, the veteran fighter is understandably hoping to line-up a bout with another top ranked fighter, and evidently it’s “Showtime.”
While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, Thomson relayed that he’s hoping to fight again in September or October, after undergoing minor knee and elbow surgeries. And as far as an opponent? “I’m just begging and pleading to Joe Silva and Dana White to give me the Pettis fight”.
If you take a quick look at the UFC lightweight rankings, the only men ahead of Thomson are Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, Grant, and of course, champion Benson Henderson. So, considering Thomson’s already fought Melendez three times and Grant and Henderson will throw down on August 31st, one can see why Pettis is on his radar.
“I’m a big fan of Pettis, and I have a lot of respect for him,” Thomson said. “But I feel like that they hold him on such a high pedestal that he’s the only thing standing between me and a title shot.”
Thomson also argued that since Pettis hasn’t fought in a while (his last bout took place in January when he brutalized Donald Cerrone’s liver with a fight ending kick), and that waiting for a title shot will mean he’s on the sidelines for that much longer, the two should fight. From a fan’s perspective that’s a great idea, but unless Pettis is worried about cage rust or needs some cash, chances are he’ll wait for a title shot.
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