Josh Thomson: “If Anthony Pettis Wants A Title Shot He Needs To Go Through Me”

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Josh Thomson has been speaking about who he’d like to fight next inside the octagon as he looks to move up the ranks of the 155 pound division, explaining top contender Anthony Pettis should have to go through him if he wants to compete for the title next.

Speaking via Bleacher Report, Thomson said:

“I’ve asked the UFC for the quickest possible path to the title. I beat Nate [Diaz] and now the only logical fight would be Anthony Pettis. He made the drop to 145 and now he’s apparently injured. I won’t be ready until late September or early October. Benson and T.J. fight in August. The timelines add up, and it just makes for a great fight.”

“The way I see, Pettis passed on the chance to fight for the lightweight title to take a shot at featherweight. That didn’t happen, and now he has to get in line. I’m standing between him and the title shot, and there is nobody else. I’m right here waiting for him. I think it’s time the UFC steps up and tells Pettis if he wants to fight for that title, he needs to go through Josh Thomson. I’m standing here in Las Vegas right now for the Fan Expo and I’m saying one thing. Pettis…let’s fight, man.”

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