A win is a win.
Many people like to live by that motto, believing it doesn't matter how you earned the victory, but rather, the important thing is that you got it. Apparently, Strikeforce lightweight number one contender Josh Thomson doesn't live by that saying.
"The Punk" got back into the win column as he defeated K.J. Noons via unanimous decision in what was a lackluster affair at last night's (Mar., 3, 2012) Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" event from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Thomson, who hadn't seen action in 15 months, entered the Hexagon looking to prove his bout with Noons should have been the headliner ahead of women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey. His actions didn't speak louder than his words, however, as Thomson failed to get off any major offense and spent the majority of the contest using his wrestling skills to control the pace on the ground, which prompted some boos from the crowd.
Much to his disappointment.
"I was disappointed in my performance. We tried something new for this camp and I had a long camp, 12 weeks, plenty of time to get in shape. The 15 months off, coming back, I got staph (infection) twice so that was two weeks of my camp gone, I also got sick in the middle of that and I just couldn't train as hard as I needed to and we were trying to switch up the camp and make it different to ease the pain of maybe getting hurt, since I've been getting hurt. Obviously, you saw tonight that it didn't work. I got the win, I hate fighting like that, disappoints me that people boo. It's the entertainment business and that's not the way I like to win."
Though the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) trained fighter wasn't pleased with his performance, he's (likely) earned the right to face the promotion's 155-pound champion, Gilbert Melendez. The contest will be the third time the two have met, having split wins in their first two contests. With plenty of time to improve his health, and possibly his overall mixed marital arts (MMA) game, it will be interesting to see what kind of outing "The Punk" has against one of the best lightweights in the world when he, once again, battles "El Nino."
Hear Thomson's post-fight remarks, after the jump: