UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis appears to be abandoning his attempt to dip down to 145 pounds and challenge for the title, opting instead to focus on his immediate future on his current divisional home. Pettis was previously scheduled to face featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a match-up next month but was forced out of the fight due to injury. Now, with his health returning to 100%, Pettis wants in the Octagon as soon as possible and has an opponent in mind – Josh Thomson.
Thomson called “Showtime” out in a recent interview based on Pettis’ standing as a top contender.
“I’m never afraid to fight anyone, and I’m tired of waiting,” said Pettis in an interview with MMAFighting. “If I’m supposed to be the best, then why not beat him in October?”
“Only bad thing is, no one really knows who he is,” the 18-2 Pettis concluded.
The only UFC event currently booked for October is UFC 166 (10/19).
Thomson returned to the UFC in April after an extended run in Strikeforce where he held lightweight gold. He holds an overall record of 20-5 including wins over Nate Diaz, Pat Healy, and Gilbert Melendez.