“This might be it.” Those were the words uttered by top ten lightweight Josh Thomson at the postfight presser for UFC on FOX 10 – an event that saw him go five rounds with former champ Benson Henderson, and lose a controversial split decision.
Thanks to the keens ears of UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg, it was a fight filled with ever-increasing drama. After overhearing Thomson tell his corner that he’d broken his hand in Round 1, Rogan and Goldberg kept that fistic limitation in the forefront of viewers minds, punctuating each grappling exchange and each punch thrown with a reminder that Thomson was fighting while handicapped.
“I beat the former UFC champ with one hand, and that’s what pisses me off,” said Thomson after the event, and when he was pressed further about whether or not he truly wanted to retired, he could only respond with “I don’t know right now.”
Thomson’s career in the cage has been a lengthy one. He first saw action back in 2001, and in 2004 was fighting Yves Edwards in the Octagon to determine the who was the “unofficial lightweight champ” (the UFC was no longer booking fights in the 155-pound weight class, and wouldn’t again for years). Thomson eventually found gold in the Strikeforce Organization, and when the UFC absorbed that roster, he quickly established his place in the pecking order by destroying Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 7.
“I was ranked number one or number two in the world in 2003… I have no regrets. This ride has been great.”
What’s next for Thomson in the immediate future? “Realistically, I’m just going to go home and talk with my family and my coaches, and then I’ll sit down and talk with Dana [White] and Joe [Silva] and Sean [Shelby], and we’ll see.”
Thomson fielded more questions on his future, and admitted that he loves the sport, loves being around it, and would love to work for FOX Sports – an avenue of employment that has become the brass ring for fighters like Brian Stann, Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian.
Add Thomson: “Everyone needs to know when their time has come, and I’m not saying my time has come, but I don’t want to be that guy who stays until he’s dust.”