Following his heart-breaking split-decision loss to ex-UFC Lightweight champ Ben Henderson at UFC on Fox 10, Josh Thomson was making noises about taken his broken thumb and retiring from MMA. Now that his long-time rival and fellow former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez has secured not just a title shot against Anthony Pettis, but also a starring stint coaching the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Thomson might be reconsidering.
First he took to Twitter:
Saw this last night and couldn't sleep, makes me sick to my stomach. Back at it, 5am cardio workout,… http://t.co/98d3UjZDde— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) February 24, 2014
Then he spoke to MMA Junkie Radio:
"(Melendez' deal) made me kind of sick to my stomach. I think it's a good chance I'll be back.
There's no doubt in my mind I've still got good fights in me. The thing is, a fighter needs to know when to walk away. As you get older, your speed goes, and once your speed goes, you're dealing with these light guys, these small guys that are fast and young up-and-comers. That's when you end up with problems. That's how your career can end fast.
I'm not concerned about [my] legacy. What it is is that I know it's right there within my reach of grabbing it, and that guys that I know I can beat and should have beaten are already getting those shots, and not just once, but twice.
"Hopefully, there's a chance to welcome Jose Aldo to the lightweight division, and we'll make a case from there," he said. "We'll see what happens."
Well here's hoping that Thomson is making the right call for himself personally. But as a fan I'm looking forward to seeing The Punk in the cage a few more times.