Thomson defeats Cavalcante in controversial decision

by John Morgan | source:

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (18-3 MMA, 9-2 SF) wants everyone to get one thing straight: he tells it like it is.

Thomson – who has recently been openly critical of the media's interpretation of the world lightweight rankings –  likely earned a return shot at current champion Gilbert Melendez with his decision win over Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante at Saturday night's Showtime-broadcast Strikeforce event.

But "The Punk" admits his body is less than ready for the encounter, especially when Melendez gave him the two toughest fights of his career.

"I'm just breaking down," Thomson admitted following his win. "This sport is killing me. I need to become a commentator."

Of course, "The Punk" looked anything but broken down in his win over Cavalcante. There were real moments of concern from the opening round until the final bell, but Thomson rallied back from the struggles throughout the fight.

Thomson said he was able to do so despite what he called the worst camp of his career.

"It was the worst camp ever," Thomson said. "I was in tears about three weeks ago. I was thinking about pulling out of the fight. It was the worst ever.

"I had ankle injuries. I had a partially torn MCL in my leg and my knee. Obviously I was having hand and wrist problems."

With all that Thomson was apparently facing heading into the contest, it would have been understandable had he folded when the going got tough in the very first round.

Thomson was clipped by an early punch and wound up in an arm-in guillotine choke attempt from Cavalcante, but the American Kickboxing Academy product insisted he was in control throughout.

"To be honest, we got caught up in a headbutt kind of thing," Thomson said. "I got headbutted twice right before that (big punch). I got stitches in my head now from that. I think that was more what it was.

"It was a combination of the punch and being a little bit off-balance. I did get rocked a little bit, just to let you know. Like I said, I'll call it like it is. I jumped into the single, and I jumped right into the guillotine."

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