Josh Thomson Considering Retirement Following UFC on FOX 10: “This Might Be It”

January 26, 2014
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Josh Thomson StrikeforceFollowing the split-decision loss to Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 10, Josh Thomson is considering retirement from mixed martial arts competition.

The fighter expressed his frustration with the loss at the post-fight press conference, admitting that he was emotional.

“This might be it, man,” Thomson said. “You train this hard for this long. I just see my title shots [expletive] disappearing.”

The main event between the two fighters had one judge, Gabriel Sabaitis, scoring the fight 48-47 in favor of Thomson. The other two judges gave the nod to Henderson, including Sal Damato scoring it 49-46 in favor of the victor.

While the loss was the key reason behind Thomson’s frustration on Saturday night, the consideration for retirement started before UFC on FOX 10 began. Thomson said he considered taking the steps towards hanging up the gloves around the time he was offered a title fight with current UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.

When Pettis had to pull out of their scheduled title fight, Thomson gave some thought into calling it quits.

“I’ve had this all in my head. A 15-, 16-week camp will do that to you,” he said. “I’m no spring chicken, so you start thinking about it. Two practices a day for six days a week, 16 weeks; that’s an NFL season. I get hit more than guys in the NFL and they get paid way more.

“Everybody needs to know [when] their time has come. Maybe it’s not mine right now, but I also don’t want to be that person that fights not knowing when it’s time to quit.”

Thomson compared Saturday’s loss to the close fight he had with Gilbert Melendez in Strikeforce. He said he can see how the Melendez fight could have been scored either way, but added that the Henderson fight, although close, was one that he felt he had definitely won.

“I beat the former UFC champion,” he said. “The guy was here for two years, and I beat him with one hand. That’s what I can’t stomach. I’m a better fighter. That’s what pisses me off.”

While he indicated it’s something he’s considering, Thomson wouldn’t commit to full-on retirement in the moments after the UFC on FOX 10 loss. The final decision about his career will come after some discussions with those close to him and talks with other important figures.

“Realistically, I’m just going to go home, have a talk with my family and talk with my coaches, and I’m probably going to sit down with Dana and see which direction we want to go,” he said. “That’s really what it comes down to is just getting the whole team together, seeing what the plans are for me.”

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  • insane187288

    first off let me say im not a world class fighter and would never have enough skill to be in the ufc and respect every superior athlete that ever competes in the ufc…. now let me say WHAAAAAAAA WHAAAAA i got beat by the top fighters in the game. fight for your pride and all the years you put in training not a couple losses. bounce back.. Peyton is in the super bowl off a couple losses, yes i know that is more of a team sport but you get the just of what im saying.

    • taylor2008

      HE has been fighting for a long time against the worlds best fighters. How many years? 13 or so? Thats a lot of wars and a lot for a body to take. I still train for fun at 48 and I feel it without being in those top level wars.
      Peyton isnt getting jacked in the face in fights and training for weeks at a time at top level. Pro players train for quit bursts. MMA fighters train for quit bursts and endurance.

  • Darrenblad

    Josh won that fight imo. won 3 maybe 4 rounds i recon

  • g

    I think thompson won but he should’ve been pounding hendersons face in when he had back control instead of going for arm.. it would’ve been more impressive in judges sight


    He looked great,,, he should have punched more when he had henderson’s back, even small punches makes some damage and give openings,,,, he was rather just going for submissions

  • Neither earned a shot

    Lame fight neither deserve a tittle shot or to head line a card again. I think they both lost had national audience.. Both should b nothing more than gate keepers… Thomson if u deserve to be top ten Ben if u deserve a title shot.

    • shakejunt

      lay off of josh. it’s hard to make a fight exciting when you break your hand early and ben is your opponent.

    • taylor2008

      Lame fight? Josh almost submitted Ben a couple time with a broken hand early on. I honestly think he would have beat ben if it wasnt for the hand. Give the guy a break. Ha …get it…break.

  • shakejunt

    everyone is acting like josh wasn’t trying to win. he out-grappled ben with one hand. can’t blame him for playing a little conservative.

  • taylor2008

    Josh won that fight. It was close but Josh won it. He got robbed.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    48-47 Josh all day. Bendo spent way too much time on his back to win the fight. Josh didn’t just lay and pray either. He was busy on top.

    • solo

      Bensons fights are so hard to call!
      I had it 48-47 Bendo. He did spend some times on his back and he lost that rounds.That was round 1 and 4.

      Round 2 Josh had his back for only like 30 seconds, other 4 and a half minutes we’re all Bensons. Rewatch it.

      It was close of course, but its a fight. You cant always expect a finish or domination by someone.