There won’t be a ton of fans giving Thomson a chance when he puts his paws on Anthony Pettis but don’t expect “The Punk” to be bothered by any low expectations others may have. The 34-year old (who celebrates his birthday on Saturday) has a lot of experience and a good deal of it has come against tough opponents with backgrounds in a wide variety of disciplines. He’s beaten wrestlers like Gilbert Melendez, strikers like K.J. Noons, and submission-specialists like Nate Diaz, plus he’s overcome adversity time and time again. While Pettis is a unique talent, Thomson should definitely be ready for nearly anything Pettis throws his way. After all, he’s been preparing himself for the opportunity to win UFC gold since first stepping in a cage more than a decade ago.
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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