Worst. Camp. Ever. Josh Thomson hoping he can 'rise to the occasion' against Ben Henderson on FOX

Esther Lin for Sho Sports

The scouting report is in for Josh Thomson ... and it doesn't look good.

Probably not what "Punk" fans wanted to hear, particularly if they already sliced some cheddar at the betting window.

Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson is hoping to continue his winning ways when he collides with former UFC 155-pound kingpin Ben Henderson in the main event of UFC on FOX 10, which takes place on Jan. 25, 2014 inside the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

What a long, strange trip it has been.

Thomson (20-5) was in line to face Anthony Pettis for the division title; however, "Showtime" blew out his knee and returned to the sidelines for several months. In his absence, the promotion paired him off against "Smooth" in an effort to eliminate one of these men from the lightweight title chase.

And Thomson tells FOX Sports he's NOT making excuses, but ...

"I've gotta say it's probably been one of my worst camps I've ever had in my history of fighting. Just being honest. It's been a rough camp, been a long camp. You really don't want to over train so you try to dial it back, and then you dial back and then you're like maybe I should pick it back up. As you pick it up you're like man, maybe I dialed it back too much so you start doing more. Then you're not sure if over trained or if you just didn't train enough because your mind starts playing tricks on you. It's been a long camp. It's been a total of about 14 weeks all together even with that week off. So people will sit here and say 'oh he's already making excuses' and that's what they were saying before that fight. There's no excuses, I'm just telling you like it is. The thing is sometimes it makes me rise to the occasion so that what I'm hoping happens. I can't say it's going to look pretty in this fight, but I've got to go out there and get the 'W' no matter what happens. I don't have to be better than Benson every single day of my camp, I've just got to be better than him on one night. So I'm not really concerned about everything that's happened during this camp."

Honesty FTW.

In addition to his stop/start booking, Thomson also had to endure a holiday schedule that left his gym a "ghost town," as most combatants not previously scheduled for war were shipped back home to be with their friends and families over the Christmas and New Year's break.

Time to dig deep.

"The Punk" was able to secure his place atop the division by planishing Nate Diaz last April, but could find himself gone just as quickly as he came if Henderson is allowed to knock him around for the better part of 25 minutes. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen.

Do you like his chances?

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