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Anthony Pettis doesn't know how Josh Thomson got a title shot to begin with

"Showtime" dismisses the criticism of his would-be challenger. He also gives a timeline for his return to the Octagon to defend his belt.

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After securing the lightweight title with a first round submission of Ben Henderson at UFC 164, champion Anthony Pettis was scheduled to fight Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 9. Unfortunately, Pettis suffered a knee injury in training that forced him to pull out. "The Punk" responded to the news by saying he "figured" Pettis would pull out and that PCL tear is "something you can work through".

Pettis gave his reaction to Thomson's comments to Fox Sports:

"He's gonna talk, whatever," Pettis told FOX Sports. "I don't even know how he got the title shot to begin with."

Initial reports of the injury said that Pettis would still be able to fight in December. However, Pettis said the original partial worsened turning into a full tear. He chose surgery as his best option. Now in recovery, Pettis expects aims for a summer return in July or August.

Without being able to fight for the title, Thomson is now set to fight Ben Henderson at UFC on Fox 10. The event goes down on January 25 out of the United Center in Chicago, IL.

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