Josh Thomson Not Impressed by UFC and WEC Merger

Written by Tom Ngo
November 9th, 2010

Strikeforce Lightweight Josh Thomson

It’s been nearly two weeks since Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and, well the UFC, announced their monumental merger. However, fanboys across the globe are still hovering on cloud nine from all the excitement.

One person that wasn’t doing Yes Cartwheels over the move was former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson, who was quick to point out the blunders of the blue-caged organization.

“They made it sound so great that a company went under,” Thomson told Las Vegas Sun. “The simple fact of the matter was that the WEC failed and they put it with the UFC to carry it.

“To compare WEC lightweights to Strikeforce and the UFC is not fair because if they were that good, they would have been fighting for the UFC. I think the world of (Jamie) Varner, but I beat Hermes (Franca) and Hermes beat Varner. Varner was the WEC champ for awhile. So, where does that leave us?”

With anti-Zuffa statements like that, it will likely leave Thomson on the outside of the Octagon looking in – that’s assuming he even wants to dip his feet back in the UFC’s pool after his Strikeforce commitments are complete.

“I’m at that age where I’m ready to have kids and open my own gym,” Thomson stated. “I want to do my own thing. I’m ready to settle down.”

The 32-year-old holds an impressive 18-3 professional record and has finished 13 of his victims before the final horns have sounded. He’s rattled off two consecutive wins since losing his Strikeforce crown to reigning king and buddy Gilbert Melendez.

While fans have been pushing for a trilogy between the lightweight studs, Thomson is taking a more laid back approach as his career starts to wind down.

“I’m on that borderline where I’m ready to make another chapter in my life,” Thomson added. “I feel like I’ve done everything I possibly could. I’ve been fighting for a long time now.

“I’m going to make this last run at the title and see what happens.”

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