UFC Quick Quote: Josh Thomson knew Anthony Pettis would back out of UFC on FOX 9 title fight

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Psychic? Josh Thomson wasn't holding his breath when he got the nod to face Anthony Pettis for the UFC lightweight championship, saying that he knew "Showtime" would eventually pull out of the fight for some reason or another based on his track record.

"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. 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 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."

-- Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis tore his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), forcing him out of his title fight against Josh Thomson, which was set to go down this weekend (Dec. 14, 2013) at UFC on Fox 9 in Sacramento, California. The injury left "The Punk" without an opponent and also questioning the reason "Showtime" felt the need to bow out of the fight. But, as Thomson recently revealed on "The MMA Hour," he wasn't too surprised that Pettis pulled out of the fight based on his track record. And While Thomson stopped short of saying "Showtime" fears him (or anyone else for that matter) he did find it odd that a torn PCL sidelined him, seeing as how he himself fought against Gilbert Melendez with the same injury. Nevertheless, Thomson found himself a more competitive dance partner (his words, not mine) in Ben Henderson as the two talented 155-pounders meet at UFC on Fox 10 on Jan. 25, 2014. While UFC hasn't guaranteed he will keep his No. 1 contender slot should he best "Smooth," Thomson hopes he gets a chance to challenge Pettis for the division strap. That is unless Nate Diaz works his way up and somehow nabs the top spot from now until then.

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