Josh Thomson has a bone to pick with Anthony Pettis. After Pettis was forced out of a scheduled match up with Thomson due to a PCL injury, Thomson decided to go on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour to blast Pettis for pulling out of their fight.
“I kind of figured that he was going to back out of the fight, just given that he had pulled out of the fight with [Jose] Aldo, miraculously got better to fight in his hometown against Benson [Henderson], and now he’s pulled out again,” Thomson said. “So I can understand. You just won the title, you want a little time off.”
Thomson doesn’t think that Pettis is faking the injury, he just believes Pettis could have still competed, just as Thomson did in his third fight with Gilbert Melendez.
“I tore my PCL the week before I fought Gilbert Melendez the third [time],” Thomson said. “There’s footage of me doing it, FOX was following me around for it, and I knew exactly what was going on. You can fight with a torn PCL.”
“[There were] four weeks or five weeks left in [Pettis’] training camp. I think he could’ve muscled up. But that’s just my opinion. Everyone reacts differently. I’ve seen guys get through NCAA national championships with torn ACLs wrestling,” Thomson said.
“I’ve seen guys, just as soon as their ACL tears, they can’t even put pressure on it. They just scream in pain. Some people react differently to pain,” he said. “He’s pulled out of two title fights now with a hurt knee, and so I guess he doesn’t react very well to pain.”
Thomson went on to say that he believes his new match up against Henderson, which is scheduled for UFC on FOX 10, is a tougher fight stylistically than Pettis would have been.
“That kid [Pettis] ain’t going to sniff a takedown on me. Benson has a good chance of taking me down,” he said.
“The overall game, to me, there’s more of a threat with Benson,” Thomson said. “Stylistically, he’s a little bit better than me in one area and I’m a little bit better than him in some other areas.”
Thomson continued to take jabs at Pettis and said, “I don’t really want to use the term one-trick pony, but [Pettis is] really, he’s a stand-up guy. You saw with the Clay Guida fight. … if you get a couple takedowns on him, and you kind of solve the riddle in the first two takedowns, he kind of shuts down — especially if you mix it up in the stand-up, the takedowns will come a little bit easier.”
“I’ve had an opportunity to grapple with Pettis in Hawaii at the UFC grand opening gym there in Honolulu. He’s pretty crafty on the ground as far as when you’re right there playing around near his legs,” Thomson said. “He’s pretty crafty, he’s got good transitions. But his overall grappling game is horrible.”Tags: Anthony Pettis, Ariel Helwani, benson henderson, Clay Guida, Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news