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Josh Thomson is trying to make a case for a UFC lightweight title shot, saying a victory over Anthony Pettis is the only thing separating him from the opportunity to challenge for 155-pound gold.

“You pull out of 145(-pound) fight, and from what I understand he’s waiting to fight the winner of T.J. and Benson, so I feel like I’m the guy…You need to get through me to get there. I’m the No. 1 contender right now. No one else is…I’m a big fan of Pettis, and I have a lot of respect for him…But I feel like that they hold him on such a high pedestal that he’s the only thing standing between me and a title shot…You can only keep your mouth shut for so long…You want that title, dude. That’s all you want. My whole career has been about that title, and there’s not a bigger title in the f—ing world.”

— Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Josh Thomson tells MMA Junkie that he badly wants a No. 1 contenders fight with Anthony Pettis to determine who should face the winner of the UFC 164 lightweight title bout between divisional champion Benson Henderson and top contender T.J. Grant. “The Punk” feels that after his highlight reel knockout of Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 7 last April, he is the top contender in the weight class with Pettis choosing to move down to featherweight to challenge Jose Aldo. But since “Showtime” injured himself training for the bout and is likely to make his return at 155-pounds, Thomson thinks it’s only fair that he squares off with the dynamic striking sensation to figure out who the true next top contender is. Pettis is currently still sidelined with the knee injury that forced him out of the UFC 163 title bout with Aldo and is expected to return to action just after summertime.

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UFC 163: “Aldo vs. Pettis” has been officially confirmed for Aug. 3, 2013 in Brazil and will feature a featherweight championship main event of Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis as well as a welterweight battle of Demian Maia vs. Josh Koscheck.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials made their next major trip to Brazil official on Saturday (May 18, 2013), confirming UFC 163: “Aldo vs. Pettis” for Aug. 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What will be the organization’s eighth event in Brazil was all but confirmed prior to the recent announcement, and now the card is set in stone.

A venue has still not been solidified for the event; however, it will likely to go down at the HSBC Arena where the previous three UFC shows in Rio de Janeiro have taken place.

UFC officials made the announcement at the UFC on FX 8: “Belfort vs. Rockhold” post-fight press conference (watch it here) Saturday evening at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

UFC 163 features a featherweight championship main event as Brazilian sensation Jose Aldo puts his belt on the line for the fifth time against former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion Anthony Pettis, who is dropping from the lightweight division to challenge for Aldo’s belt.

Also confirmed for the card is welterweight contest between Demian Maia and Josh Koscheck, two fighters in the top-10 of their respective weight class according to the official UFC rankings.

No other match ups have been made official at this time. Tickets for the event are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.

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That ball Josh Grispi fumbled before even running with it? Mark Hominick grabbed it and took it in for a touchdown.

With his dominant win over George Roop at Fight Night 23, “The Machine” earned himself a chance at Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at UFC 129, which is set for the Rogers Centre in Toronto on April 30.

The promotion officially announced the planned bout earlier today.

Dana White had previously stated that Hominick would earn his shot if he could defeat Roop at the “Fight for the Troops 2” event in Fort Hood, Texas.

Not only did he win, he absolutely destroyed his former teammate and training partner. So dominant in fact, that according to Fight Metric, he became just the fourth man in UFC history to score multiple knockdowns with less than 10 strikes.

Before Jan. 22, it didn’t look like anyone could pose much of a challenge to Aldo’s crown. Now there’s a lot more interest in the co-main event at UFC 129.

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Jose Aldo has been on a reign of terror, extending all the way back to August of 2004, his professional debut that ended in just 18 seconds, a knockout win for the future featherweight kingpin.

He’s piled up 12 knockouts, two submissions and four decisions along the way, with only one loss in seven years. He went a perfect 8-0 in the WEC, winning and defending the 145-pound belt three times before the promotion folded into the UFC.

He was supposed to open his Octagon career at UFC 125 against Josh Grispi but an injury forced him off the card. Dustin Poirier proved Grispi to be a “Fluke” and ended any chances of a fight against Aldo.

Now that Mark Hominick has won five straight, it looks like “Junior” finally has an opponent who looks like he could actually pose a legitimate threat to his strap.

Who’s giving “The Machine” a real chance to win here? After all, it will be in his backyard.

UFC 129 is all set for the Rogers Centre and will represent the promotion’s first trip to Toronto to host an event. Naturally, it was decided to load the card with Canadian fighters and the main event will feature the most famous of them all, Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre defending his belt against Jake Shields.

Randy Couture will defy time once again, in what could be his final bout, when he takes on Lyoto Machida. Other fights scheduled for the event are Matt Hamill vs Phil Davis and Mark Bocek vs Ben Henderson.

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Quoteworthy:

“Right now I’m not thinking about anything else. My eye is right on him. That’s the only guy I really want to fight right now. It doesn’t make sense to fight anybody else. Even if they offered me Nate Diaz, that wouldn’t make sense to me. The next fight should be Jose Aldo. I’m going to have a good game plan. I’ll talk to my coaches and train hard and train a smart way. It’s going to be a big, huge puzzle. That’s for sure. He’s a phenom. He’s a great fighter, a great athlete. If anybody fights Jose Aldo, you can’t be scared of him. I won’t be scared, I promise you. When I walk into the cage, I’m going to look in his eyes and I’m going to say, ‘I’m going to take the belt from you.'”

Fresh off his WEC 48 upset win over former featherweight champion Mike Brown, Manny Gamburyan sets his sights on division title holder Jose Aldo, who also competed on the April 24, defeating former 145-pound kingpin Urijah Faber. There has been a lot of talk about “Junior” switching weight classes but “Manvil” doesn’t want him going anywhere just yet. Any Maniacs out there think he’s biting off more than he can chew?

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“Without Faber, the WEC would not have had its first pay-per-view event Saturday night at Arco Arena. Without Faber, the WEC still would be in the shadows of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Without Faber, WEC fighters would not make the money they do in and out of the ring. But featherweight champion José Aldo delivered a message to Faber – through numerous, painful leg whips – that should have come through loud and clear: Retire. Retire now, not after another loss in which you’re cheered entering the octagon and booed leaving it. Faber couldn’t beat Aldo on Saturday night or any other day of the week. No shame in that. Aldo is a young, powerful kid. He didn’t even use most of his aggressive arsenal against a foe he truly respected. Faber has made Sacramento proud, restoring pride to a once-great fighting city. He’s a true warrior who has survived many battles. Why risk tarnishing that image or risk the chance of injury? Take a bow, Urijah.”

Former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber gets an odd request from The Sacramento Bee, calling for his retirement because he was dominated for five rounds by Jose Aldo at the WEC 48 pay-per-view back on April 24. “The California Kid” has only lost to “Junior” and Mike Brown since 2005 over a span of 18 fights. Is this a poor display of hometown loyalty to the fighter who helped build the WEC? Or a realistic argument after Saturday’s performance? What’s your take, Maniacs?

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“I had heard that he wants to move down a weight class, win that belt and then go to 155 to fight BJ in the UFC. If he can do that, I don’t know if he can cut that weight and make that light a weight division, but he’d be the first guy to win three titles in three different weight divisions…. I think it’d be pretty interesting. I love stuff like that,” White continued. “I think if a guy proves himself at a certain weight class it’s time to move on and try something new and I like that. but it’s so hard to do in this sport because there’s such a gap between weight classes. You can’t be like [Manny] Pacquiao [jumping] seven different weight classes.”

— UFC President Dana White talks to reporters (via MMAFghting.com) about the ridiculous upside of WEC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, after the Brazilian tooled Urijah Faber for basically five rounds in the promotion’s first-ever main event on pay-per-view (PPV). He’s pretty much cleaned out the division, which makes the jump — either up or down — to a different weight class incredibly possible. Aldo is just 23 years old, too, indicating that he will likely continue to improve for at least the next decade if he stays in the fight game. Dominic Cruz, Brian Bowles and Miguel Torres are all great competition in the 135-pound class. But the true test would be against the best lightweights in the world, including WEC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson, and, of course, the talent-laden 155-pound UFC stable, which is led by division champion Frank Edgar and BJ Penn. Would you prefer to see Aldo stay put, maneuver up and/or down in the WEC, or just cut to the chase and see how he responds to Octagon action?

Urijah Faber’s leg from Jose Aldo abuse at WEC 48 keeps getting worse (Pic)

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