Chances are there are a good number folks out there who feel as though this weekend will mark the Octagon debut of lightweight Josh Thomson. However, “The Punk” actually called the UFC his professional home for a trio of tilts nearly a decade ago before signing with Strikeforce.
In addition to his UFC on FOX 7 fight against Nate Diaz involving an opportunity to introduce himself to a new generation of fans, Saturday night’s scrap will also provide Thomson with a chance to solidify a spot on the division’s short list of title-contenders.
The 19-5 Thomson recently provided some insight on his approach towards the pairing in a conversation with the UFC’s website:
“It’s going to be a tough fight. I think Georges St-Pierre kind of said it the right way; it’s hard to find guys who are of the style of Nick [Diaz, older brother] and Nate. It’s hard to find a long, good boxer that’s left-handed. It’s hard to find those and to find one that’s good on the ground. I don’t really know anyone in the sport that has those skills. So that being said, as far as stylistically, he poses a lot of problems. I’ve just been preparing. I’ve got a couple good left-handers, pro-boxers. As far as the grappling, I’ve got a good source of guys I’ve been training with at Checkmat, they’re good jiu-jitsu guys. I’ve been really just focusing on whatever it takes to win this fight.”
“I’m going to go out there and put on a show. I’ve been in this sport for too long. I wouldn’t say it doesn’t bother me when I lose, but I don’t think about losing when I go out there. I’m just focused on doing the best that I can and putting on a show and making sure I give it all I got. The fans will always get the best out of me knowing that it was what I’m planning on doing.”
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