BY Jeff Cain
Josh Thomson hadn’t fought MMA in nearly a year since his loss to Yves Edwards at UFC 49: Unfinished Business. His appearance in Bushido 8 was on again off again, but finally came together in the eleventh hour. Fresh off his win over Daisuke Sugie at Bushido 8, and back in the States, Josh “The Punk” Thomson spoke with MMAWeekly about the win, the saga of finding him an opponent, and his fighting future.
Those of you who viewed the event this weekend saw that Josh didn’t have an easy time with Sugie, and was seemingly caught in an Arm Bar that was dangerously close to ending the fight. “If I don’t do it the hard way, I can’t do it at all,” Josh Thomson told MMAWeekly.
Discussing the Arm Bar and how he got out of it, Josh stated, “I have no idea. I just sucked it up, and prayed to God my arm didn’t break. [laughs]…You know what happened was when he initially put it on I rolled away on it, and then it didn’t feel so bad until I ended up being face down, and that’s when I started working the leg, and for a split second there it hurt, but then after that I pushed down on the feet and I was fine. It doesn’t matter. I’m getting it out. You know? There was always that jeopardy of him pulling it back in, just putting more pressure on it for it to pop or something, so it was fine.”
Thomson would end the fight with a submission of his own. He commented, “What happened was he held on to the arm too long, and I had already cleared my head out, so my head was out from underneath his legs, so I just threw the leg over because he was, he was holding on for dear life. That was his only chance right there. That was his only glimmer of hope of finishing the fight that he was going to see the whole time anyway, so he did everything that he could to hold on to that arm. He didn’t want to leave it. Finally when he decided that it really wasn’t going to happen, I made the transition into the Leg Lock, and then the Knee Bar right from there.”
You could hear Sugie’s knee pop on the broadcast. When questioned about the Knee Bar, Josh replied, “He definitely wasn’t showing any mercy on my arm. I’ll tell you that. So I mean hey. I had to readjust. The first time I sat into the Knee Bar I didn’t have my body positioning right, so then when I went to readjust I sat back down into his lap, and pushed my heels into his ass, and let it rip. You know? It popped a good four or five times.”
Thomson was told that he wasn’t fighting on the Bushido 8 card the weekend before the event, but by that Tuesday he was on a plane destined for Japan to compete. Asked to explain the series of events from thinking he wasn’t fighting to arriving in Japan, Josh said, “They told me OK you’re absolutely not fighting Wednesday night they told me. I said OK. That’s fine, so Thursday night, after I get off the phone with you guys, I tell you guys that I’m not fighting, and I go out and f##%ing party like a rock star, and hang out with some friends and shit. I’m drinking and having a good time. Well Friday morning I get the call, OK you’re fighting, and then Friday afternoon, nope you’re not fighting, so I went out again Friday night, got wasted, had fun. You know? Saturday they called me again, in the afternoon, said OK you’re fighting, so I was like shit. Right around eleven O’clock at night they called us again, and said no you’re not fighting, so I called up my friends, and we all met in the club, and went out drinking.”
Josh continued, “Sunday morning they said absolutely you’re fighting. We already bought your airline ticket. You’re leaving Tuesday. I said f##%, so I was at the airport in Vancouver, and they said, you know, they go hey actually your opponent changed. You’re not fighting this guy anymore. You’re fighting this guy, and I’m like alright. Then we landed, and then my opponent changed again. Then that’s who we fought…I found out my opponent Sunday morning which was supposed to be Taisho, but then Taisho pulled out. Taisho’s the one that Jens knocked out in the last Bushido before this one. It was him leaving, you know, Sunday morning, Monday, and then Tuesday morning when I left to the airport. I flew to Vancouver like five in the morning, 5:30 in the morning. When I got to Vancouver they said Taisho pulled out, and you’ve got this guy, and this guy wasn’t even a lock until I actually landed there, and until Wednesday morning did I know that I was fighting him like 100%.”
Concerning his fighting future, Josh told MMAWeekly, “We’ve been talking about some up coming fights and stuff with them. I’m doing some fights here that are locally that will be pay-per-view as well. Like the Shamrock Gracie fight, when Frank fights Cesar, I’ll be the co-main on that event. I’m really going to help push that fight, and then Japan, they’ve already talked about having me back. They were talking about maybe having me in the tournament, and I’m not exactly sure that I’m interested in doing the tournament right now. There’s so many events going on. You know I want to stay busy, and being the tournament kind of locks you down to just that one thing for right now. Who knows? We’ll see. I’m interested in fighting just the best which means I may have to be in that tournament.”
Further commenting on being in the grand prix, Thomson stated, “The press and stuff, they’re looking forward to having myself in the grand prix tournament, and like I said, we’re still working the kinks out with Japan, so we’ll see what happens, and see what’s offered. Just so everyone knows, the grand prix is up to them. You know? They put in who they think their fighters are, and who they want in the show, and they offer it to certain people. If they take it, they take it. If they don’t, they don’t. I’m looking that I’ll probably get offered to fight in the GP, and if it does happen then I may make it. I’m not sure. It depends on how things work out with my other shows.”