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Josh Thomson considers himself to be top contender after knockout of Nate Diaz

Nate-Diaz - MMAWEEKLYUFC lightweight Josh Thomson may not own the division’s longest winning streak or most impressive resume, but he does have a ton of talent, loads of heart, and an impressive finish of Nate Diaz to his credit. As such, “The Punk” feels he’s done enough in his career to merit a match-up with champion Benson Henderson considering the title-holder was unable to put Diaz away when the two duked it out last December.

Thomson made his plea for a crack at Henderson’s belt last night after knocking Diaz out, telling the FX broadcast team the opportunity would cap off his run in the ring and allow him to exit MMA with his head held high no matter the outcome.

“I hope so,” replied Thomson when asked if he felt beating Diaz so decisively vaulted him up to the top spot. “I did something the champ here couldn’t do. I finished [Diaz], and I finished him in three. So, I feel like I am, but it’s not my call. I’m just asking for that one chance to fight for the UFC title and my career will be completed.”

The 34-year old also holds a past win over recent contender Gilbert Melendez and nearly picked up a second victory over “El Nino” in 2012, though ultimately the judges awarded a controversial decision to Melendez instead. He holds an overall record of 20-5 including fourteen stoppages and success against the likes of Gesias Cavalcante, K.J. Noons, and Pat Healy.