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Josh Thomson Pleads For Top Lightweight TJ Grant

Josh Thomson is looking at a late September or early October return to the UFC. When Thomson does, he wants the closest thing to the lightweight champion in TJ Grant.

“I’m begging and pleading for it,” said Thomson on The MMA Hour. “TJ would be great. TJ said he’d be ready in November, so I think it’s perfect. I’m not asking for any favors, I want to fight the toughest and best guys that are going to get me to the title the fastest.”

Grant was the No. 1 contender and had a title shot all lined up before he went down to an injury.

Thomson returned to the UFC with a second round stoppage over Nate Diaz. Following his original 2-1 start, he would land in Strikeforce where he was their champion for a short period.

The two lightweights have no confirmed return date or opponents.