Josh Thomson Had Been Promised Title Shot With Win

Published on January 26th, 2014 12:10 am EST

In terms of the UFC Lightweight title picture, Saturday did nothing to clear things up.

Prior to the event, John Thomson had been promised the next shot at Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis with a win. If Ben Henderson won? This wasn't as clear, and Dana White was careful not to promise anything to the former champion. The general consensus was that Henderson could have earned himself another title shot with an impressive victory over Thomson.

Instead, Ben Henderson won a controversial split decision victory, with many people declaring that Thomson was the true winner of the fight.

So, what now? Anthony Pettis is looking to return from injury in July. Does he fight Ben Henderson again? Henderson didn't exactly destroy Thomson tonight, and the general train of thought is that Henderson is going to have to win one more fight in order to get a title shot.

Obviously you can't give the shot to Thomson, as he lost the fight tonight.

What about TJ Grant, the man that Pettis was originally supposed to fight in his first title defense? This would make sense, though Grant is still on the sidelines and has fought since May. There is no word as of yet as to when Grant might be returning to action, so he might not be a viable option.


Aside from that, you would have to go far off the map to find a potential opponent for Pettis. Jose Aldo has been talking about moving up to Lightweight - would the UFC give him an immediate title shot against Anthony Pettis? This is certainly an option, especially if Aldo handles Lamas at UFC 169 next month.

It will be interesting to see what the UFC does at this point, as there don't seem to be any obvious title matches.

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