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Din Thomas on the Lightweight Title Picture

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MMA Madness has an interview with Din, talking about his upcoming Fight Night match with Kenny "KenFlo" Florian. Lots of interesting stuff, but I zeroed in on his comments about what the fight means for his title chances, and his career:

MMA Madness: Right, now Kenny recently mentioned in another interview that he views this fight as a legitimate step towards the title. Now, you have wins over Clay Guida, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Jens Pulver, as well as the current UFC welterweight champ Matt Serra. You also have a 3-0 record in your recent return to the UFC. So, if you beat Kenny do you feel that puts you in line for a title shot?

Thomas: Definitely. You know, I have been hearing all this other nonsense about Tyson Griffin getting in line, and Thiago Tavares. And I'm just thinking, man, these guys are just getting here, you know what I'm saying? What have they done? I've been with the UFC since 2001 and I have those wins over the guys you just said. I'm 3-0 in my last current run and I have a win over the current champ Matt Serra. Sorry Matt, had to say it! But you know, it's the truth, it's a fact. I mean he just fought for the belt a couple months ago, you know? If I win this coming fight, how can you deny me?

MMA Madness: Ok, well bear with me just a moment. We just talked about what happens if you win the fight. So, what happens to Din Thomas' career if you happen to lose this fight?

Thomas: You know, a loss for either of us could be detrimental because there are a lot of tough guys nipping at your heels in the lightweight division. I mean, those guys we just mentioned, you know, I don't think they have the credentials I have, but I still think they are tough guys and everybody deserves a shot to prove themselves. For me, [after] a loss, I don't know what I would do at that point. I don't even know if it would be worth jumping back on the horse for another title run because it would put me back so far down.

One thing that hasn't been much mentioned is who will fight B.J. Penn if Sherk can't get cleared to defend his title. I've heard rumors that they're considering Thiago Tavares for the fight. Doesn't make sense to me - Tavares is dangerous and has no  marquee value.

I don't really have any ideas. Do you?