Before last night it had been more than a year since Josh Thomson took part in a fight inside the cage with injuries have keeping the former Strikeforce lightweight champ from returning in a more prompt fashion.
In the co-main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, Thomson earned a decision victory over K.J. Noons in a bout likely vaulting him into a title-fight with Gilbert Melendez later this year. For Thomson the win over Noons was welcome but his performance was a huge disappointment, mentioning in the post-fight interview inside the cage he was far from pleased with how he picked up the victory.
“It was sh*t,” said Thomson in a frank assessment of his showing. “How else do you explain it; it was sh*t. I haven’t fought in fifteen months. I tried something different (in training to avoid getting injured), but I got staph twice, so my conditioning was sh*t. So, my fight was sh*t.”
Thomson improved his record to 19-4 in his career with the win including a victory over Melendez. “El Nino” claimed the title from Thomson back in 2009 via decision meaning a third tussle would settle the score. Melendez provided commentary during the bout and welcomed the fight.
“I do feel (fighting Melendez) is next,” Thomson said. “I am going to go back to the way I used to train and make sure I whip Gilbert’s ass.”
Watch below as a visibly disappointed Thomson elaborates more on his win over Noons in an interview backstage after the bout’s conclusion:
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE