Josh Thomson Says He Knew Anthony Pettis Would Back Out Of Their UFC on FOX 9 Fight
Posted by Larry Csonka on 12.11.2013
- Josh Thomson recently spoke about Anthony Pettis pulling out of their fight that was scheduled for UFC on FOX 9. Here are the highlights…
On Pettis Pulling Out of the Fight: "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 (Jose) Aldo, miraculously got better to fight in his hometown against Benson (Henderson), and now he's pulled out again. So I can understand. You just won the title, you want a little time off."
On Pettis' Injury: "I tore my PCL the week before I fought Gilbert Melendez the third [time]. There's footage of me doing it, FOX was following me around for it, and I knew exactly what was going on. You can fight with a torn PCL," Thomson said. There were four weeks or five weeks left in [Pettis'] training camp. I think he could've muscled up. But that's just my opinion. Everyone reacts differently. I've seen guys get through NCAA national championships with torn ACLs wrestling. I've seen guys, just as soon as their ACL tears, they can't even put pressure on it. They just scream in pain. Some people react differently to pain. He's pulled out of two title fights now with a hurt knee, and so I guess he doesn't react very well to pain."
On Benson Henderson Being a Bigger Challenge: "That kid (Pettis) ain't going to sniff a takedown on me," Thomson said. "Benson has a good chance of taking me down. The overall game, to me, there's more of a threat with Benson. Stylistically, he's a little bit better than me in one area and I'm a little bit better than him in some other areas. Whereas, Pettis, I don't really want to use the term one-trick pony, but he's really, he's a stand-up guy. You saw with the Clay Guida fight ... if you get a couple takedowns on him, and you kind of solve the riddle in the first two takedowns, he kind of shuts down -- especially if you mix it up in the stand-up, the takedowns will come a little bit easier."