White: Thomson in title fight with win


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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Morpheus1976 site profile image  

1/26/14 9:30 AM by Morpheus1976

No title fight for Bendo

MasterofMartialArts site profile image  

1/24/14 12:49 PM by MasterofMartialArts

I agree with you on that one completely, disliked what he did to get that fight, I was campaigning for TJ to get the shot. But disagree on the dick tucking. And his brother is gonna be a beast, he had nothing to do with that.

orcus site profile image  

1/24/14 12:16 PM by orcus

I'm not even sure if I've ever seen him fight and I certainly can't name anyone he's beaten.Thomson just crushed top contender Diaz like no one ever has, and many believe he should be 2-1 with Gil whom many think deserved to win his UFC title fight. lol @ "lmao"ing at the thought of a guy beating Ben Henderson -- who was champ one fight ago -- getting a title shot.

Morpheus1976 site profile image  

1/24/14 11:46 AM by Morpheus1976

or something else is going on?

SHOOTMedia site profile image  

1/24/14 10:33 AM by SHOOTMedia

Josh Thomson on TheSHOOT!

Mix6APlix site profile image  

1/24/14 9:15 AM by Mix6APlix

I was a big fan of Anthony until he started campaigning to replace Grant just because the card was in his hometown. It was a classless scumbag move on his part. I dislike his brother simply through guilt by association.

brich07 site profile image  

1/24/14 3:31 AM by brich07

So whats the plan for Melendez then?

Pessimist_Pete site profile image  

1/24/14 12:38 AM by Pessimist_Pete

Water is wet

MMA Lives Here site profile image  

1/24/14 12:34 AM by MMA Lives Here

Thomson should be easy pickings for Pettis. I'd say it's the worst possible fight for Josh at 155

Il Duce site profile image  

1/24/14 12:18 AM by Il Duce

Blah blah blah