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Thomson: B.J. Penn is the best in the world

Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson hasn’t lost in two years. Among those victories was a huge unanimous win over former champion Gilbert Melendez. The win pushed Thomson into the top 10 of most of the lightweight rankings.

Thomson though has no doubt who should be ranked at the top.

B.J. Penn is pound for pound the best fighter. He’s fought all the top guys. He beat the guy at 170 (Matt Hughes) who had the title at the time,” said Thomson. “He has that natural ability to win fights.”

It’s easy to get caught up in rankings because – in reality – they really don’t mean much. With the fighters competing in different organizations that generally do not co-promote, the rankings have no effect on who fights who. However, debating who is the best in the world always makes for an interesting discussion. When a polished veteran such as Thomson speaks, the statement should hold some additional weight.

Regardless of the high praise for Penn, Thomson would love to find out how he’d do against the UFC’s lightweight champion.

“You always wonder in a real fight how it would go. I hold him in very high regard. If I ever get the chance to fight him and win then I could think of myself as the best fighter in the world,” Thomson said.

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