Interview with Josh Thomson
Josh “The Punk”
Thomson is on the verge of being one of true
stars in mixed martial arts. At 29, Thomson
has already fought and defeated many well-known
fighters like Hermes Franca and WEC lightweight
champion “Razor” Rob McCullough.
Now, Thomson steps back into
the cage on September 29 for the Strikeforce
organization as he takes on Adam Lynn in a lightweight
Here is what Thomson had
to say on his upcoming fight as well as a very
interesting opponent Thomson plans to fight
sooner rather than later.
Question: How is your preparation
going for your fight with Adam Lynn?
Josh Thomson: Everything
is good. Just getting some rest at home. Training
is going very well.
Q: What do you think about
Lynn as an opponent?
JT: I think he will be a
tough kid. I’ve seen him fight a couple
of times. He’s a bigger guy as he is coming
down in weight for this fight to try and make
a name at a lighter weight. He is well rounded
on his feet and decent on the ground. I just
think I am better all the way around so we will
see what happens.
Q: Are you training up in
San Jose for the fight?
JT: Yes. I train at the American
Kick Boxing Academy. We have a lot of great
fighters there. I’m working out with one
of the top welterweight contenders in Jon Fitch
as well as other top guys like Josh Koscheck,
and Trevor Prangley.
Q: What do you think about
Fitch’s upcoming fight with Diego Sanchez?
JT: I don’t see any
way Fitch can lose, but this is a fight and
anything can happen.
Q: Trevor Prangley –
will he be taking on Matt Lindland on an upcoming
JT: It’s not official
yet, but Lindland called Prangley out after
Prangley beat Yuki Kondo (on the July Bodog
show). I don’t know exactly what’s
going on with Bodog’s situation right
now, but it seems to be that Trevor will be
taking on Matt Lindland.
Q: And of course, your upcoming
fight with Adam Lynn will be taking place at
the Playboy Mansion. I’m sure it’s
a great place to hang out at, but is it a good
place to have a fight as well?
JT: I won’t know until
I get there, but to be honest with you, I can’t
really get focused on that. I’m sure a
lot of fighters will be focused on that, but
that could end up costing them the fight. It’s
still a fight so I need to go out there ready
to fight. Then, afterwards, I can worry about
the scenery and the celebration.
Q: How did Lynn become your
opponent? Was there any particular reason this
fight was put together?
JT: Adam called Strikeforce
to see if there was any fight he could get.
We’ve had a lot of problems finding opponents
for me. For the last PPV, we called around to
over 26 people and they all turned me down.
This time – I didn’t even know who
my opponent would be until just recently.
Q: Is that hard for you in
your training when you don’t know who
you are going up against?
JT: It’s not that bad.
I still train for everything. There are certain
little things that we like to add in, but that
can usually be done the last two weeks before
a fight. You definitely don’t want to
do that with a high caliber guy, and I’m
not saying Adam Lynn isn’t high caliber.
What I mean is that it would
be difficult to do against some of the really
top guys because you’d have trouble exploiting
their weaknesses because you never see their
weaknesses because they never lose. I am looking
forward to getting in there with Lynn so that
I can try out some of the skills I’ve
been working on.
Q: Another top 155 pound
fighter will also be fighting on the card in
Gilbert Melendez. Do you see him as a potential
opponent down the line?
JT: That fight is just a
matter of when. The fight will happen as long
as we both win. There is no way around it. I
think you may potentially see the fight in November
in San Jose or it may get pushed back to February
Q: You have a victory over
another top 155 pound guy in Hermes Franca in
a fight that took place in the UFC. How would
you compare being with the UFC against being
JT: They are two completely
different organizations. My relationship with
the promoter here and my relationship with the
fans here is completely different. The UFC caters
to the bigger guys where Strikeforce tends to
build the promotion around the people that sell
tickets and the people that are the biggest
draw. I think Strikeforce has the potential
to become very big as well, and I hope to help
them get there. The UFC has made the sport what
it is today. The UFC has led the way for everyone.
Q: Do you think Strikeforce
has interest in getting a TV deal anytime soon
in order to help compete?
JT: I don’t really
know exactly. I’ve heard some things are
in the works and that they may be close, but
you never know until something is signed.
Q: Strikeforce has worked
in something of a partnership with EliteXC due
to the Frank Shamrock settlement. What were
your thoughts on working with EliteXC –
especially the PPV in June that you were just
JT: I think it’s great.
I would like to have seen some of the Strikeforce
guys fight the EliteXC guys. Maybe we can have
that in the future. I think EliteXC is great.
The promotion and production was good with Showtime.
Showtime is still learning how to do it with
the MMA style of fighting verse boxing, but
I think it is all getting together pretty well.
From what I understand, there are a couple of
more shows in the works.
GH: Excellent – I’d
like to thank you for a few minutes of your
time. In closing, do you have a prediction for
your upcoming fight with Adam Lynn?
JT: The way Adam has been
fighting. He has been working on his standup,
but I don’t see him having the advantage
on the standup with me. I think he’ll
try to stand, but that will make it very tough
for him. If I do get him in trouble, I think
he will look to shoot for the takedown, but
I have been working on a lot on my wrestling
so I should be able to shut him down there.
My prediction will most likely be a knockout
halfway through the second round maybe even
early in the third.