Josh Thomson was scheduled to fight for the UFC lightweight title, but an injury to Anthony Pettis changed plans and he will now fight Benson Henderson this weekend. However, the fight will be just as important as a win will put him right back into a title fight:
“Here’s the reality: If Thomson wins, he’s the next in line,” UFC President Dana White on Thursday told a small group of reporters following a media event for at United Center in Chicago. “Obviously Ben Henderson just lost very decisively in his last fight with (Pettis). Should Benson Henderson win, we’ll see what’s up with Gil.”
Melendez (22-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is in the process of working on a new contract with the UFC, and White said a recent meeting with the fighter seems to have things moving in the right direction.
“I met with (Melendez) the day before – it went well,” White said. “We like him. We’re working on re-signing the kid. We had a lot of contracts that needed to be re-upped, and we’re getting them all done now. We just re-signed Travis Browne, we just re-signed Dan Henderson, we just re-signed Tim Kennedy. And now we’ll get this Gil deal done and start working again and not doing deals every day.”
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