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Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson to headline UFC on FOX 9

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06:07 PM ET 09.17 | UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was expected to make his first title defense against T.J. Grant, but the injury that forced Grant out of his UFC 164 match up against has not yet fully healed. As a result, Pettis got a new opponent to headline UFC on FOX 9 on December 14 - former Strikeforce lightweight champion JoshThomson. Thomson is currently ranked as the No. 5 lightweight contender and he is coming off a statement win over Nate Diaz, which earned him the Knockout of the Night bonus. Pettis won the UFC title in the UFC 164 main event over Benson Henderson, thanks to a first-round armbar that earned him Submission of the Night.

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