With T.J. Grant out due to injury, it turns out that Josh Thomson will be the one looking to wrest the UFC lightweight title from Anthony Pettis. The UFC announced the news on the 11PM ET edition of FOX Sports 1.
Thomson comes into his bout with the newly crowned champion after blasting Nate Diaz earlier this year UFC on FOX 7. While only 2-2 in his last four, one of the losses includes a razor-thin decision loss to former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. The California-native will look to take advantage of this opportunity and stymie Pettis’ title run.
UFC on FOX 9 will take place in Sacramento, California on December 19. The night’s co-main event will see bantamweights Michael McDonald and Urijah Faber face off in a crucial bout in the division. The FOX network event will take place at the Sleep Train Arena (formerly the ARCO Arena), with prelims airing via FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.