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Anthony Pettis Down For Josh Thomson Match, Targets October

Former WEC champion Anthony Pettis was forced to withdraw from a planned UFC featherweight title match with Jose Aldo next month after suffering an injury in training.

While Aldo will now face Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie, Pettis isn’t planning to wait for another title shot to open up before returning to action.

“Showtime” appears set on facing Josh Thomson, as the former Strikeforce champion recently called him out.

“I’m never afraid to fight anyone, and I’m tired of waiting,” said Pettis, in an interview with “If I’m supposed to be the best, then why not beat him in October? Only bad thing is, no one really knows who he is.”

Pettis believes a win over Thomson would position him for a title fight either “late this year or early next.”

As for the October date, UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III is scheduled for October 19 and would give Pettis plenty of time in the gym to prepare for his return.

“I don’t see (the UFC) not doing it,” said Pettis, in regards to the Thomson bout.