For most fighters a fifteen-month layoff followed by a win over a widely-respected opponent would provide a sense of pride. However, lightweight Josh Thomson felt quite differently about his victory over KJ Noons last night at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey after having to smother his heavy-handed adversary throughout a good portion of the bout rather than engage in an entertaining back-and-forth war.
Thomson pulled no punches in criticizing himself during the post-fight interview, labeling his performance as being akin to a steaming pile of poop. After having a few moments to recollect himself backstage Thomson was at it again, beating himself up in an interview with Showtime rather than seeing any real positives emerging from his success on the scorecards.
“I hate fighting like that. It disappoints me that people boo. It’s the entertainment business. It’s not the way I like to win,” said Thomson while citing a toned-down camp and some health issues as preventing him from competing at the level he’s used to. “Taking him down and getting the win? That should be expected from me. I’m a good wrestler, I’ve got good submissions.”
“There’s no excuse. It was a sh*t fight,” the 33-year old concluded before adding he planned to go back to the way he’d trained for previous pairings regardless of the toll it would take on his body.
The former lightweight champion improved his overall record to 19-4 with the triumph and is expected to face current title-holder Gilbert Melendez later this year for the divisional gold.
Check out the full interview below:
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