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Thursday, 02/06/2014, 12:27 pm

Josh Thomson Refutes Ben Henderson’s Strength

“Let me just tell you, he’s not strong,” Josh Thomson (right) said of his recent opponent, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.  “He doesn’t hit hard.  He’s not strong.  He doesn’t kick hard.”

By Christopher Murphy | Twitter


UFC lightweight fighter Josh Thomson opened up on his fight with former champion Benson Henderson that took place last month at UFC on FOX 10.

Thomson lost that fight in a closely split decision – a result that surprised many fans after the five-round bout.  The fighter himself disagreed with the judges.

I actually gave myself three rounds to two, and then when I watched it when I came back, I could see people giving me four to one,” Thomson said on a recent appearance on Sherdog Radio Network’s show ‘Beatdown.’   “I could have seen that, but I’m a little bit more critical of myself and I gave myself three-two.

I think it’s just something that we’ll continue to complain about, but in the meantime I’m still sitting here with a loss on my record that I shouldn’t have.

But if Thomson takes something away from this fight, aside from the broken thumb he had surgically repaired earlier this week, it’s the confidence in his strength over the fighter many consider to be one of the stronger and more physical in the lightweight division.

Every time he got close to me,” Thomson explained about Henderson, “I felt like I was able to get the body lock and just take him down… All the things that I had in my mind with him being strong, being a hard kicker, all those things, they weren’t true.  I put those in my head just from listening to commentary and from other people talking about how hard he kicks or how strong he is and these types of things.  We got in there and locked up the first couple of times and I didn’t feel intimidated at all.

Let me just tell you, he’s not strong.  He doesn’t hit hard.  He’s not strong.  He doesn’t kick hard.  All those things – none of those things apply.  He’s a good athlete.  He’s a good fighter.  I’ll give him a lot of credit, but the things that people think hurt didn’t hurt at all.




11 Responses to “Josh Thomson Refutes Ben Henderson’s Strength”

  1. UsernameAlreadyExists101 says:

    Then why didn’t you win?

    • mmaGOD says:

      Did you even watch the fight???

      • UsernameAlreadyExists101 says:

        I did, and if memory serves me correctly Benson had his hand raised at the end. And no matter what everyone wants to complain about, Benson beat Josh. Instead of retiring and running from the sport when you can’t ride your own hype, why not wok towards a rematch with Benson and win?

        • marco giove says:

          well said pal, i thought benson won the fight eazy people need to stop hating on this kid

        • marco giove says:

          if it was another fighter who fought the same fight that night i swear they would have all said the other fighter won. Hes fighting top 10 world class fighters 5 rounds every time, its not easy to finish fights. People just love calling this kid im not a massive fan but i think hes a great fighter and deserves respect

        • Ripshot de la Culebra says:

          Because he’s old and aint nobody got time for that!

      • KrayzeeOne says:

        It was a close fight, but I also think Benson won that fight. Sure, Josh made a handful of bigger and noticeable hits which gave him a couple of rounds but that was it. Now just because Dana White think Josh should have won the fight, that doesn’t mean everyone should jump on Dana Bandwagon and start kissing his ass. Every UFC and MMA hardcore fans knows that Dana White has his favourite fighters and when they lose, he starts whining.

  2. Big daddy says:

    Quit crying! Nobody cares about your boring ass! Disappear scumbag!

  3. Brandon Canterbury says:

    lol I like Thompson but he sounds like he is trying to convince himself. Benson obviously kicks hard hat was evident in the fight, he is strong getting the better position and correctly using the better technique allows for the type of takedown he got.

  4. JJErler says:

    The truth is this looked like a close fight if you are just watching it and not keeping an eye on stats… but if you look at the fight metric, this fight was ALL Henderson. You do gotta give Josh props though, if he hadn’t injured his thumb and was able to strike properly and hold some of his positions better, he probably would’ve gotten the decision. He never had Henderson in any danger though so to act like Henderson is weak somehow is just crazy. Henderson may not strike the hardest, but he obviously is strong.

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