Anthony Pettis to Josh Thomson: I'll fight you in October, even though no one knows who you are

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
If you thought Anthony Pettis was going to sit around for the winner of Ben Henderson vs. T.J. Grant, think again.

Pettis and Josh Thomson have been teasing an upcoming fight on Twitter, and Pettis told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday that he's on board with the idea.

"Thomson called me out," he said. "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."

Thomson told Bleacher Report on Tuesday he asked the UFC for a fight against Pettis.

Pettis said the UFC has yet to officially offer him the fight against Thomson, but he added, "I don't see them not doing it." Both fighters seem to be targeting UFC 166 in Houston on Oct. 19, which will be headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3.

As for Pettis' health, "Showtime" said he returned to training on Tuesday and didn't feel any pain in his injured knee. He plans on sparring later Wednesday.

Pettis was scheduled to fight Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title on Aug. 3, but he was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a torn meniscus.

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