Thomson Wants to Complete Trilogy with Melendez
"I know no matter what, it's going to be a war. There's no way around it. He's hard to take down. He's got heavy hands. He's everything. You can't stop the guy. He's a great fighter." - Josh Thomson on Gilbert Melendez
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Josh Thomson, likely earned a return shot at Gilbert Melendez with his decision win over Gesias Cavalcante last Saturday. However, Thomson admits that his body is less than ready for the encounter. He was clipped by an early punch and arm-in guillotine choke by Cavalcante during the match. Fortunately for The Punk, he survived the trouble and landed a powerful ground-and-pound blows for the frame.
“I knew the first round was close, but I thought I did a lot more damage than he did. The guillotine, it was tight, but it wasn’t like – I’ve been in Jake Shields’ guillotine. I know that Jake has one of the best guillotines around, so it wasn’t like a panic mode. It was just stay calm and relaxed and wait and bide my time. He’s going to try and muscle into it, and I just had to wait.
“The biggest thing was I was worried and concerned. I was in [the choke] for a minute or so. How do the judges see that? I’m just chilling, hanging out, letting him blow his arms out, but you’re still in the guillotine. So I was able to get out of it, and that’s why as soon as I popped out I started doing as much damage as I possibly could. I was able to finish strong with the side choke. I felt him kind of gurgling a little bit, and I tried to get in there. That’s the best I could do at the moment.”
And though the audience leaned toward Cavalcante for the win, the judges felt otherwise and gave their nod to Josh “The Punk” Thomson. Still, Gilbert Melendez has to face Shinya Aoki before he completes the trilogy with Thomson. And with that, Josh Thomson will try to stay busy with a bout of his own. Further more, he still needs to heal up.
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“I just need to get healed up. There’s a lot of things I need to do. Like I said, the things I need to do, I’ve never lifted weights before in my life, so I need to start possibly lifting a little bit. I need to pull all my joints and ligaments tighter together to make me a stronger fighter because things are just breaking on me, I think, because I train too hard and too much.”