How badly does Josh Thomson (pictured) believe he was robbed on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 10? Apparently, bad enough to walk away from mixed martial arts forever.
After losing a highly controversial (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) split decision to Benson Henderson, where a win would have earned Thomson first dibs at UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis’ title, “The Punk” said he may be done with the fight business.
“This might be it, man,” a somber Thomson stated at the post-fight press conference. “I don’t know, I can’t tell you right now. I’m pretty emotional, as you can tell.
“I still feel I’m possibly top 5 in the world right now. I have no regrets. This ride has been great. I’ve been all over the world, fought in the biggest organizations in the world.”
Compounding Thomson’s disappointment is that he broke his right thumb at some point during the second round and still believes he did more than enough to get his hand raised and solidify his spot as the lightweight top contender.
“Even when he locked his hands around my wrist, my corner was telling me, ‘Fight the hands.’ Well, I can’t grab anything,” Thomson said. “Every time I went to fight his hands off, my thumb would just bend all the way back.
“It was more irritating than anything knowing the things you needed to do, you couldn’t do out there. You train this hard for this long, it’s such a long camp and I see my title shot just f****** disappearing. Without getting emotional right now, it’s really irritating me.”
While most believe Thomson is making an emotional decision after such a discouraging loss, Thomson says he was thinking about hanging up his MMA gloves prior to this bout – win, lose or draw. In fact, the 35-year-old was considering it before UFC president Dana White offered him a title shot.
Thomson owns a 20-6 (1 NC) professional record. The highlight of his career possibly came in June 2008 when he defeated Gilbert Melendez to capture the Strikeforce lightweight title.