Anthony Pettis was set to face T.J. Grant for the lightweight belt, which had the makings to be an instant classic. However, an injury forced T.J. Grant out of his championship bout yet again, and it looks like Josh Thomson will get the chance to step up and get a shot at one of the most dynamic strikers in the UFC.
This is huge news for Thomson, who is coming off one of his best performances against Nate Diaz. In this bout, Thomson was able to deliver a sensational head kick which forced Diaz to the canvas. A few punches later, and Thomson was the victor. Now, he has the opportunity of a lifetime in facing Pettis for the belt, and this will be his biggest fight to date.
Thomson is a veteran of the UFC, having fought for the promotion multiple times before it blew up to what it is today. Thomson made his home under the Strikeforce promotion, where he put on some wars with Gilbert Melendez, who is one of the UFC’s best lightweights right now. Pettis will be Thomson’s biggest test to date, and it will be interesting to see what tactics he tries to employ in his championship bout.
Coming off a submission win to Ben Henderson, Pettis will be looking to successfully defend his belt for the first time. He has a tough opponent in Thomson, who will surely challenge him in terms of his wrestling defense and conditioning. It should be a great fight.