Josh Thomson was originally scheduled to fight for the UFC lightweight title, but an injury to Anthony Pettis delayed the fight. Rather than wait for the champion, Thomson choose to face former champion Benson Henderson and put his number one contender status on the line, but also knows a win secures his place:
“You know, I was given the opportunity to fight for the title. That’s all I think I ever wanted was just to hear out of Joe Silva’s mouth, ‘Hey you’re getting the title shot’. That lets you know right there that you were considered to be one of the best in the world ever. And so, that’s something that I can take to my kids and I’m cool with,” Thomson continued.
“So whether win this fight or not, I know that I was given the opportunity to fight for the title. I’m obviously looking forward to winning this fight, so then there is no doubt whether I’m getting the next title shot or not. But there’s so much in front of me between now and then, I need to focus on him. I need to focus on Benson. I need to focus on just getting past this fight.