Josh “The Punk” Thomson is back in the UFC and with a win. Having been in the “big show” back in 2004 and with limited success, Josh was cut and set adrift in the MMA seas. In the ensuing years, the Punk went 12 & 4 and earned his way back to the UFC, garnering his first win (via TKO) over Nat Diaz, back in April (UFC Fox 7).
As Josh sees it right now and as he told “BJ Penn.com”, Anthony Pettis is next on his list.
Regarding “Showtime’s” moving down in weight and coming back up to 155 in an effort to fight Ben Henderson for the title, the Punk stated:
“I understand why he feels he deserves to be right there and next in line for a title shot. He’s kind of been looked over and passed over a couple of times. Ya know, he was supposed to get the title shot too when he first came into the UFC and he ended up getting injured and he ended up taking the fight with Clay Guida and lost and then set himself back. So, I understand where he’s coming from, but I can’t let his drama and all that stuff that goes on with him, set me away from what my goals are. My goal is to be champion.”
In terms of how he feels about “Showtime” Josh remarked:
“There’s no disrespect or whatever, but I’m the only thing really standing between him and the title shot and I’m not just about to roll over for him, just so he can get it. I understand why he went to 45. I understand why he came back up to 55, but I really don’t care…all I care about is that him and I need to fight.”
Thomson said he would look forward to a fight with Pettis, because Anthony is a lot like Gilbert Melendez, in that he’s exciting and “will bring the fight”. He also said that if Pettis had gotten the Henderson fight, that he’d be calling out T.J. Grant.
Simply put, Thomson is focused and on a mission and that mission is a title shot and his intent is to remove any and all obstacles that stand in his way.
He closed out by saying that he’s glad to be back in the UFC and that it’s a different “species” from other MMA promotions and that he will end his career in the promotion and “hopefully” with the 155 belt. As his 35th birthday soon approaches, one can understand his sense of urgency regarding accomplishing his goals.