Josh Thomson wants to fight Ben Henderson, not 'little dogs' like Diego Sanchez

Jon Kopaloff

How close is Josh Thomson to a UFC title shot? Close enough that he's disinterested in responding to recent call outs from the likes of Diego Sanchez, among others.

Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson doesn't have time for the little people dogs.

Following his technical knockout win over Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 7, which took place at the HP Pavilion back on April 20, 2013 in San Jose, California, Thomson has become the toast of the town, earning call outs from fellow UFC 155-pound fighters like Donald Cerrone and Diego Sanchez.

"The Punk" tells MMA Weekly he can't be bothered.

"Do you think the lion turned around every time a little dog barked? No. I'm focused on one guy. I'm focused on Benson, that's it. I don't really care about anybody else. I told the UFC before I came over, whoever you guys want me to fight so I can line up to fight Benson, that's who I want to fight. Stylistically, I think we match up well."

He might start caring if one of those "little dogs" becomes a number one contender's fight. Thomson (20-5) returned to the Octagon after an eight year absence, previously competing under the Strikeforce banner. The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) standout is perhaps best known for his wars against nemesis Gilbert Melendez.

But is he championship material?

Beating the brakes off Diaz was certainly a step in the right direction, but he may need at least one more high-profile win to earn himself a crack at the crown. And fortunately for him, there is no shortage of little doggies itching to fight him.

Or "Cowboys," for that matter.

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