Josh Thomson Says He Hasn't Won Anything Yet
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.18.2013
It's a little early for congratulations...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Josh Thomson (20-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) said he was surprised by the congratulations for his title fight against lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), which will happen at UFC on FOX 9 on December 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. It will be the main event on the FOX main card, which airs after preliminary fights on Fox Sports 1 and Facebook.
On getting congratulated for the fight: "Everyone's calling me and congratulating me. I haven't won s--t yet. Until I win this fight, it doesn't feel like anything special right now."
On getting the title fight itself: "I never thought this would happen, to be honest. There was a lot of talk of me fighting (Rafael) dos Anjos. When I called and said I would really like to fight in Sacramento (at UFC on FOX 9), there was talk of, 'We'll see what's going on with dos Anjos. We'll call you back.' And that call back was, 'Hey, do you want to fight Pettis?' You can't say no to that."
On his strategy: "My solution has been the same for every opponent. I've got to work him on the feet. I've got to be in and out of the pocket, take him down, out-grapple him, touch him with my hands, and touch him with my feet. I've got to mix it up and keep him guessing at all times. It's been that way my whole career. I can't just fixate on one thing. You get fixated on one thing with him, he's going to beat you. [Pettis] is going to stay calm and relaxed like he did with Benson, never wilting under the pressure, and I've got to stay the same. Just use my experience to my advantage, and take the fight to him."