Things didn’t work out for UFC star Anthony Pettis’ much-anticipated August outing against featherweight champion Jose Aldo or a subsequent showdown with lightweight title-holder Benson Henderson after an untimely injury removed “Showtime” from consideration for either effort. Though the sensational 26-year old could hold on to his status as top contender in both divisions without seeing action again, he hasn’t fought since January and could be at risk of seeing the opportunity pass him by due to inactivity. Fortunately, if he’s interested in a tilt, there’s at least one adversary willing to step up and accept the challenge.

“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,” said Josh Thomson at the UFC 2013 Fan Expo in a conversation captured by Fightline.

Thomson was last seen scoring a TKO victory over Nate Diaz in his return to the Octagon after an extended stint in Strikeforce where he held divisional gold for a few fights. He is 20-5 in his career with fourteen finishes while also owning notable wins over K.J. Noons, Pat Healy, and Gilbert Melendez.

Pettis has not commented on his plans beyond recovering from his current healthy-related issue, a torn meniscus, or responded to Thomson’s take on things.