Josh Thompson: MMA media ‘a joke’ for rankings

Friday, October 08, 2010

“That was pretty much the only fight I could really see them matching me with,” Thomson told MMAWeekly.com about the JZ Cavalcante bout. “I’ve asked for the best fighters in the world and Scott Coker went out and signed one of the best fighters in the world and this is who I’m fighting.”

“I think it’s a joke that you guys have guys like Ben Henderson ranked above guys like J.Z. You guys have to be freakin kidding me.”

“He’s a beast. He’s a great fighter. He’s well-rounded. He’s got great ground and pound. He fought (Kobayashi) Masato in K-1. Are you guys kidding me? Really? You guys have a guy named Ben Henderson ranked above this guy. You guys are out of your minds. This guy is a savage. He’s good on the ground. He’s got good submissions. He’s got everything you need.”

“Here’s the deal, the only reason ‘J.Z.’ is not in the top three or four is because of the inactivity, and it goes the same for me. I was ranked like three or four and so was he, and then we ended up being hurt; both of us did. That’s the only reason we’re out of the top ten to be honest. I lost to Gilbert Melendez but Gilbert is ranked No. 2 now.”

“It’s a crappy situation that we’re in. We both feel like we should probably be ranked in the top ten, but we’re not because of our inactivity. That’s really what it comes down to.”

“I think a loss for one of us here is going to possibly catapult us out of that area (top 10) and further away from a title shot. It sucks for both of us because we’re both coming in off of injuries. We would have liked to have built up the fight a little bit more. But you know what? It’s the fight game and when the promotion offers you somebody to fight, especially somebody like him, I couldn’t turn it down.”

“We’re completely opposite styles, so it’s going to end up being one of those fights where whoever shows up that night and has a great performance is going to end up being the one to win it,. I expect another tough fight. We have totally contrasting styles. It’s all going to come down to who enters the ring with the best strategy and to who implements their plan the best.”

“I’ve got to beat him everywhere. There’s no way I can win this fight just doing one thing.”

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