Josh Thomson Figured Anthony Pettis Would Pull Out Of Fight
Josh “The Punk” Thomson is not one to pull punches. Thomson was set to face current UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis for UFC gold at UFC on Fox 9 after stunning the MMA world with a TKO finish over Nate Diaz. Unfortunately for Thomson though, Pettis was forced off the card, citing a torn PCL knee injury.
Thomson went on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour to discuss why he wasn’t surprised that Pettis pulled out.
“I was a little upset, but to be honest, as soon as the fight was given to me and we accepted the fight and we knew what was going on, for some reason, I didn’t hold my breath,” Thomson said. “I kind of figured that he was going to back out of the fight.”
He went on to say “Just given that he had pulled out of the fight with [Jose] Aldo and miraculously got better to fight in his hometown against Benson and then now he has pulled out again.”
“I can understand, you just won the title and want a little time off, but, it is what it is, I really wasn’t holding my breath,” Thomson said.
Thomson also commented on the fact that he faced former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez with a torn PCL, and he found it strange that an injury like that would sideline the current champ.
Thomson is now set to compete against former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson at UFC on Fox 10 in January.