Josh who? Anthony Pettis down to fight 'The Punk,' even if 'no one really knows who he is'

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Josh Thomson may soon get his wish of fighting Anthony Pettis, as “Showtime” has accepted his challenge to scrap. The only problem is, Pettis claims no one really knows who "The Punk" is.

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.

"The Punk" recently asked for a bout against "Showtime" to determine the rightful contender for the lightweight throne, a position the Strikeforce import says is rightfully his (see why here).

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.

In what was his return to the Octagon following an almost decade-long absence, Thomson became the first man to finish Nate Diaz by knocking him out in the second round at UFC on FOX 7.

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?

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