Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson earned a victory over K.J. Noons to likely secure a rematch with current Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez Saturday night in the co-main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. However, Thomson was not impressed with his own performance in the fight.
“It was (expletive),” Thomson said. “How else do you explain it; it was (expletive).”
Thomson improved to 19-4 overall in his career with the win, which was his first since a 2010 victory over Gesias Cavalcante. Thomson has been out since a loss in 2010 at the end of the year in Japan to Tatsuya Kawajiri.
“I haven’t fought in 15 months,” Thomson said. “I tried something different (in training to avoid getting injured), but I got staph (infection) twice so my conditioning was (expletive). So, my fight was (expletive).”
Thomson dropped the lightweight title to Melendez back in 2009 via decision after securing a victory over “El Nino” in 2008. A third fight would settle the war between the two.
“I do feel (fighting Melendez) is next,” Thomson said. “I am going to go back to the way I used to train and make sure I whip Gilbert’s (expletive).”