After suffering yet another setback due to injury and missing out on his chance to fight for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title against featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163, Anthony Pettis is itching to get back into the cage.
And he's ready to accept Josh Thomson's challenge.
Not one to back down from a fight, Pettis says he will gladly accept the bout, the only problem is, no one really knows who Thomson is.
He breaks it down to MMA Fighting:
"Thomson called me out. I'm never afraid to fight anyone, and I'm tired of waiting. If I'm supposed to be the best, then why not beat him in October? [It will] set me up for a title shot late this year or early next [year]. Only bad thing is no one really knows who he is."
Regardless if Josh does or doesn't have the name value that other top 155-pounders carry, the fact remains, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) - trained athlete has definitely earned his stripes as one of the best fighters in the division.
Pettis, meanwhile, is riding a three-fight win streak and was recently campaigning for a shot against 155-pound king Ben Henderson at UFC 164; however, UFC officials shot down his request, leaving T.J. Grant as "Smooth's' opponent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Anyone opposed to a Thomson vs. Pettis match-up in the interim?