I was really hoping to avoid a fight with Gilbert my first fight back. Promotions make fights, and fighters have to step up to take them. After eight or nine months off, I've got some catching up to do. It would have been nice to get a warm-up fight in.
They might as well have cut me open. It's still not 100 percent. I don't know that I'll ever be 100 percent, but I've done as much as I could to get there.
Josh Thomson talking to Sherdog about his upcoming Strikeforce title fight with Gilbert Melendez.