JoshThomson got here up on the fallacious finish of a detailed determination Saturday.
JoshThomson’s cut up-decision defeat toBenson Henderson might serve as the final straw for the talentedlightweight from American Kickboxing Academy.
Former Strikeforce champion Thomson addressed the controversialdefeat during Saturday night’s put up-fight press conference atChicago’s United Middle, expressing his disappointment at theverdict of the cage-aspect judges.
“My opinion doesn’t matter. As you can inform, I misplaced,” mentioned Thomson.“The one thing that really matters is the three folks sitting onthe cage, they usually determined [my opinion] didn’t matter. That’sit.”
Thomson took cost of the arduous-fought bout within the first round byquickly snatching Henderson’s back off a takedown, but “The Punk”apparently broke his thumb within the strategy of profitable the openingperiod.
“The first spherical, I got here again, and stated I assumed it was damaged.Bob [Cook dinner] informed me to suck it up and get back on the market,” Thomsonsaid. “It was actually bugging me. I couldn’t grab something. Everytime I went to fight his arms off, my thumb would simply bend allthe manner again. It was simply irritating to know that the things youneed to do, you'll be able to’t do out there. You prepare this difficult for thislong – this was a protracted camp – and also you see your title shot justf-ing disappearing. Without getting emotional right now, it’sreally irritating me.”
Although the damage would nag Thomson for the bout’s remaining 20minutes, the Californian soldiered on, driving onerous for takedownsand going toe-to-toe with the former UFC champion in thescramble-heavy affair.
“I guess fighters are like hockey gamers. We don’t get carried offif we've cramps,” mentioned Thomson. “We’re simply going to keepfighting. That’s what we get paid to do. I’m positive I speak foreverybody up here – damaged hand, broken thumb, we’ve all foughtthrough it. That is what we do it for.”
In the end, the gifted however oft-injured light-weight came up short onthe judges’ scorecards, an experience he additionally went via nearlytwo years in the past in his rubber match with GilbertMelendez over the Strikeforce title.
“The Gilbert struggle – that, to me, was a close struggle, but I couldsee the way it went both manner,” stated Thomson. “Tonight, I felt like Iwon with one hand. I beat the previous UFC champ who was [on high] fortwo years, and I beat him with one hand. That’s what I can’tstomach. I’m a greater fighter. That’s what pisses me off.”
Whereas “The Punk” said that he would need to regroup earlier than makingany selections on the standing of his profession, he didn't shut the dooron the possibility of hanging up his gloves, succinctly assertingthat “this is likely to be it.”