Midway through the third round of his fight with Pat Healy, former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson had something of a surreal moment.
Fatigued from two exhausting rounds and aching from a couple broken ribs from early in the fight, Thomson saw his career flash before his eyes, and a single thought kept racing through his mind.
"'I shouldn't be losing this fight,'" Thomson said.
Thomson and Healy kicked off the Showtime-televised portion of Saturday's "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum" event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Thomson, fighting for the first time since he lost his belt and snapped an eight-fight win streak to Gilbert Melendez in December, jumped out to an early lead with a spectacular takedown, ground and pound, and submission attempts. But in what would become a theme of the fight, Healy escaped and then unloaded his own attacks.
Although Healy's subsequent takedown nearly set up a successful rear-naked choke late in the round, the damage was done, and Thomson would feel the affects for the remainder of the fight.
"The first takedown – here at the HP (Pavilion), they do X-rays here – the first takedown, he took me down in the first round in the first minute, and he broke two of my ribs," Thomson said. "I had a hard time breathing the rest of the night. I saw my whole career flash in front of my eyes."
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