Unfortunately, Thomson has been plagued by injuries over the past few years. Things first came to light when he spent more than twelve months on the shelf before battling Melendez in a rematch. While he was understandably a bit rusty, Thomson gave Melendez a real run for his money before ultimately coming out on the wrong end of a hard-fought decision.
This week it was revealed UFC lightweight contender T.J. Grant had been once again forced to sit on the sidelines for health-related reasons and watch one of his peers challenge for divisional gold. This time around, it will be former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson aiming for the title with Anthony Pettis laying claim to the gold rather than Benson Henderson. While the UFC on FOX 9 main event has definitely made headlines, there’s much more to Thomson’s crack at the belt than Grant’s misfortune. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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