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Dana White: If Josh Thomson Wins Saturday, He Is #1 Contender For LW Belt

The Main Event between Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson is a title invocation fight. Meaning the winner of the fight will get a title shot at Anthony Pettis once healthy. Dana White confirmed this in a recent interview:

“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.”


“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.”


“I think no matter what happens on Saturday, it’s not bad for him,” he said. “He’s one of the top three ranked (lightweights) in the world.”

UFC On Fox 10 is set for Saturday, January 25 in Chicago, Illinois. This is how the rest of the card looks:

  • Heavyweight: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic
  • Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins
  • Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Bantamweight: Sergio Pettis vs. Alex Caceres
  • Bantamweight: Eddie Wineland vs. Yves Jabouin
  • Flyweight: Chico Camus vs. Yaotzin Meza
  • Bantamweight: Junior Hernandez vs. Hugo Viana
  • Lightweight: Daron Cruickshank vs. Mike Rio
  • Welterweight: Mike Rhodes vs. George Sullivan
  • Heavyweight: Walter Harris vs. Nikita Krylov

Tags: Anthony Pettis Benson Henderson Daniel Cormier Doc Octagon Gabriel Gonzaga Josh Thompson Stipe Miocic UFC UFC On Fox 10

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