You may recall that Josh Thomson was calling to throw down with Anthony Pettis, even before the fearted striker went on to tap-out Benson Henderson at UFC 164 and take the lightweight belt. Not surprisingly, the former Strikeforce champ believed he had what it takes to beat “Showtime” then, and now that Pettis is champion, nothing’s changed.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie.com, Thomson was asked about what he needs to do to defeat the champ, whose resume is replete with stoppage and submission wins. While Thomson didn’t get into the nitty gritty details, he did relay the following:
“My solution has been the same for every opponent,” Thomson said. “I’ve got to work him on the feet. I’ve got to be in and out of the pocket, take him down, out-grapple him, touch him with my hands, and touch him with my feet. I’ve got to mix it up and keep him guessing at all times. It’s been that way my whole career. I can’t just fixate on one thing.
“You get fixated on one thing with him, he’s going to beat you. [Pettis] is going to stay calm and relaxed like he did with Benson, never wilting under the pressure, and I’ve got to stay the same. Just use my experience to my advantage, and take the fight to him.”
Making Pettis guess as to what’s coming next certainly sounds like a good approach, however, it remains to be seen if Thomson will be able to do that at UFC on FOX 9. Thomson also revealed in the interview that the UFC was looking into having him fight Rafael dos Anjos, before the bout with Pettis was booked. That would have been a pretty good tilt as well.
UFC on FOX 9 will take place on December 14th at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.
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