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Tuesday, 04/22/2014, 12:46 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Josh Thomson Not Retiring, Wants to Fight in July

Despite his initial statements that he was heavily considering retirement, UFC Lightweight contender Josh ‘The Punk’ Thomson has altered course.

“I’m hoping to fight July 26 in San Jose,” Thomson told BJPenn.com.

San Jose would make sense for Thomson, since he was born and raised there, and has fought at home numerous times.  He explained the initial decision to retire, saying “I had a long camp, and I think that was a lot of my distraction, and obviously loosing a close fight like that, and losing my title shot, really upset me, there was a lot going through my mind.”

That close fight that Thomson is referring to is his recent split decision loss to former Lightweight Champ Benson Henderson in January. The fight was a back-and-forth affair, but almost every media outlet believed that Thompson deserved to win the fight, by either a 3-2 or 4-1 margin.

Losing that fight cost Thomson a potential title shot, and perhaps even a coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter, which instead went to Gilbert Melendez. Despite the loss, Josh seems to still be in top condition, putting up a strong effort against Henderson, and violently TKOing Nate Diaz before that.

‘The Punk’ wants to continue fighting the best, and is still looking for a crack at the belt.

However, with the champ Anthony Pettis and Melendez fighting at the end of the year, Thomson will most likely have to take another fight. He stresses that he doesn’t care who it is, as long as it puts him in line for a title shot.  “It’s always been the same answer, whoever gets me closest to the top,” Thomson said. “That’s it. All I want to fight for is the title. I don’t care if it’s Pettis, Gilbert, I don’t care. I just want to fight for the title.”

Watch the full interview HERE.

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