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Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Anthony Pettis celebrates after defeating Donald Cerrone (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Pettis, Josh Thomson Targeting UFC 166 Showdown

Top UFC contender Anthony Pettis has never been one to sit back and wait, so it comes as no surprise that he is rising to the challenge after being called out by former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. The two fighters have been chatting back and forth and they have teased at a potential bout at UFC 166, which takes place this October in Houston.

Thomson called me out,” Pettis said, via MMA Fighting. “I’m never afraid to fight anyone, and I’m tired of waiting. If I’m supposed to be the best, then why not beat him in October? [It will] set me up for a title shot late this year or early next [year].

“Only bad thing is no one really knows who he is.”

Pettis was scheduled to face featherweight champion Jose Aldo next month, but a torn meniscus forced him out of the bout.

With yet another title shot kicked to the curb, Pettis could have waited for the winner of Benson Henderson and TJ Grant, but he would rather stay active.

The UFC has yet to approach either fighter about the fight, but if they are able to get the match up that they want on the day that they are suggesting, the bout would serve on the main card of the UFC 166 event which is headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III for the heavyweight title.

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