Before Saturday's UFC on FOX 7, Josh Thomson last fought in the UFC in 2004, being stopped by Yves Edwards and subsequently leaving the organization. Two years later Thomson became one of Strikeforce's first athletes and fought thirteen times under their banner with varied success.
In his return to the UFC, Thomson looked fantastic, finishing former lightweight contender Nate Diaz in the second round. The win he attributed to keeping a clear head and fighting smart:
"For me, this was a perfect fight," Thomson, a former Strikeforce champion, said after the event. "I fought smart. I didn't fight stupid. I did the things I needed to do, and I didn't get caught up in the banter. That was the biggest thing.
"In the second fight with Gil (Melendez) when him and I fought, I was getting frustrated. I got caught up in the brawl, and it cost me my title. So I told myself I would never do that again. Just go out there, and implement my gameplan, and I think that showed tonight."
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