Stephen Thompson welcomes Anthony Pettis fight 'for the fans'


Challenge accepted.

Less than 24 hours after ex-UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettispitched a fight with two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson, he’s gotten the verbal green light.

Thompson (21-8 MMA, 8-7 UFC) today posted on <a href=" "We both got highlight reels, let's do it!" Thompson wrote. Pettis made the callout after a tough run at lightweight, with a bid to cut the line of contenders unsuccessful against Tony Ferguson at UFC 229. The setback left him at 3-6 in his past nine outings. Thompson has had his share of bad breaks in the welterweight division. He fought to a drawagainst champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 205, then lost a majority decision four months later at UFC 209. A win over veteran Jorge Masvidal was followed by a decision loss to Darren Till, who went on to fight unsuccessfully for the belt.

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