After losing a decision to Benson Henderson last month in the main event of the UFC on Fox 10 card, a dejected Josh Thomson said that he may retire from MMA. The veteran top fighter out of San Jose was discouraged by the controversial loss but claimed in the post event press conference that he'd already been thinking of retirement before the Henderson fight.
Thomson injured a thumb in that contest as well and we hadn't heard much else from the American Kickboxing Academy product since then until this morning. Turns out, Josh Thomson isn't really in a retiring mood after all, at least according to a post on his instagram account.
Earlier this morning, Thomson posted a photo of Anthony Pettis and his rival Gilbert Melendez, who it was just announced will coach opposite one another on The Ultimate Fighter season 20 and then fight for Pettis' lightweight title afterwards. The photo was accompanied by this comment from Thomson:
Saw this last night and couldn't sleep, makes me sick to my stomach. Back at it, 5am cardio workout, Radio interview at 102.5 KDON and a meeting with my managers later this afternoon about our next step in kicking these guys asses. "Don't throw dirt on my grave just yet!" @ufc #tuf20 #ComingForYou
Thomson may or may not be back to full-fledged MMA training yet on account of his injured hand but if his post tells the truth, he's stayed on his fighter's schedule with early morning workouts. However you scored his fight against the former champion Henderson, Thomson looked sharp and quick as ever in the fight, despite being 35 years of age and nearly fifteen years into his MMA career.
If he wants to step away after a long and accomplished career, good for him. However, it appears that Melendez getting a brand spanking new contract and a series of life-changing opportunities has lit a new fire under Thomson and he wants to keep on fighting.
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