Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/17/13
Just two weeks after winning the UFC lightweight title, new champion Anthony Pettis starting looking at the calendar, eying the upcoming UFC On FOX 9 event in Sacramento on December 14 as the stage for his first title defense. He even had an opponent in mind, telling UFC Tonight 's Ariel Helwani last week that he wanted to share the cage with top contender TJ Grant , the man whose injury opened the door for Pettis to step in opposite Benson Henderson in his hometown of Milwaukee last month. On Monday night, FOX Sports Live announced that half of Pettis' wish was being granted. With Grant still not cleared to return to the cage as a result of the concussion that sidelined him from his date with Henderson at UFC 164, Pettis (18-2) will now defend the title he won last month against former Strikeforce champion Josh "The Punk" Thomson (20-5, 1 NC). Thomson earned Knockout Of The Night honors for his second-round stoppage win over Nate Diaz in his UFC return at the UFC On FOX event in...
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