Recent news of a merger between the UFC and WEC, which will combine the lightweight division of both promotions, has had no effect on Josh 'The Punk' Thomson's interest in jumping organizations.
Thomson says the only names he'd like to fight in the UFC are Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn and that "They made it sound so great that a company went under. The simple fact of the matter was that the WEC failed and they put it with the UFC to carry it.
"To compare WEC lightweights to Strikeforce and the UFC is not fair because if they were that good, they would have been fighting for the UFC. I think the world of Varner, but I beat Hermes and Hermes beat Varner. Varner was the WEC champ for awhile. So, where does that leave us?"
Although he's hoping for Kawajiri, Thomson says he's open to any fighter Strikeforce puts in front of him. But should he run into problems against an opponent he expects to dominate, as was the case when he fought Pat Healy in a close fight in June, Thomson admits he likely would put a lot of thought into life outside the cage.
"If I fought Kawajiri and lost, it wouldn't distract me," Thomson said. "But if I lost to somebody that I wasn't supposed to lose to, then I would start to wonder. To be honest, I had that feeling with the Pat Healy fight.
"Basically, that would have been one of those fights where if I had lost, I would have thought, 'Is this really for me anymore?'"
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