Josh Thomson Says Melendez Getting TUF 20 Coaching Shot Made Him 'Kind of Sick'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.24.2014
He may not retire now...
Josh Thomson recently spoke with MMAjunkie about Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez being announced as the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 20 and more. Check out the highlights:
On not getting the coaching gig for TUF 20: "It made me kind of sick to my stomach. I think it's a good chance I'll be back."
On nearly retiring after UFC on FOX 10: "There's no doubt in my mind I've still got good fights in me. The thing is, a fighter needs to know when to walk away. As you get older, your speed goes, and once your speed goes, you're dealing with these light guys, these small guys that are fast and young up-and-comers. That's when you end up with problems. That's how your career can end fast."
On his motivation to return: "I'm not concerned about [my] legacy. What it is is that I know it's right there within my reach of grabbing it, and that guys that I know I can beat and should have beaten are already getting those shots, and not just once, but twice."
On who he wants to fight: "Hopefully, there's a chance to welcome Jose Aldo to the lightweight division, and we'll make a case from there. We'll see what happens."
On not wanting to end on a down note: "No one wants to end on the downhill like a Muhammed Ali, or you're in that state where it's time to just give it up. I can't say I'm trying to walk away while I'm still good, but just knowing guys like Gilbert, who I feel like I beat in my third fight, and guys like Benson, who beat Gil in a very close split decision – I feel like I won more than Gilbert lost to Benson. I should be right there. I am right there. I'm getting heated up right now just talking about it."
On Melendez re-signing with the UFC: "I'm happy for Gil that he got a good contract; I'm happy that Gil still is with the UFC. It just gives me one more person to get through to get to the title. I'm just sick to my stomach that it should have been me there. [Melendez] got two title shots in the amount of time that I should have gotten one. I'm just a little upset, that's all. It just gets me remotivated and focused on what needs to happen."
On his physical status: "I'm healthy. Once I'm ready to run, I can run 12 miles, 15 miles. It's not a big deal. But just to know that Pettis was supposed to fight me and pulled out because of an injury, and now you have a guy that I feel I did beat the last time we fought in Strikeforce, and now with Benson, losing a very controversial split decision because of one judge that didn't pull his head out, you can just tell, I'm getting pretty heated right now."