Coming off an extremely impressive knockout of Nate Diaz, former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson will replace TJ Grant and battle Anthony Pettis for the lightweight strap at UFC On Fox 9. TJ Grant announced his exclusion from the event Monday morning on Twitter, he stated “Unfortunately I won’t be fighting Pettis on Dec. 14. I am still not yet 100 percent and can’t commit to fight. The UFC is going with someone else instead. It sucks, but it is the best for both myself and the UFC. Please don’t worry. I’ll be back, and if I gotta fight someone else to get back to where I wanna be, then that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not bitter.” Spoken like a real man. We hope to see TJ in top shape soon!
Riding a four fight winning streak, and having just captured the belt from Benson Henderson, Anthony Pettis is going to have his hands full in this matchup with Josh Thomson. Losing only to two men in the last 7 years, Josh Thomson looks better than he ever has. One sure thing that comes with this fight is fireworks, because these two men do not know the meaning of stalling and they are both warriors in the octagon. Speaking of warriors, Michael McDonald and Urijah Faber have found their way onto this card! This matchup is a traditional old-school vs new-school fight. Urijah is one of the pioneers of the weight class, and Michael McDonald is a young up and coming contender who is 9-1 in his last ten fights. Strap in SciFighters, we are set for an amazing card!