Fight week is a time for the fighters to travel to the city the fight will take place, cut weight, and talk to the media about how they are in the best shape of their lives and had the best training camp they have ever had. Josh “The Punk” Thomson took a different route in preparation for his upcoming fight with former UFC lightweight champion, Benson “Smooth” Henderson. Earlier this week, Ariel Helwani reported that the word from Thomson’s camp was that he had one of his worst camps ever. Thomson later stated that his training went well but he didn’t have all the high caliber guys he usually trains with to get ready for fights.
It’s interesting that Thomson would decide to make these comments before the fight. It sounds like he is already preparing an excuse in case of a loss. That is not the mindset a fighter wants to have going in to one of the most important fight of his life. Thomson is 35-years-old and as long as it has taken him to get to a number one contender fight, a sub-par performance, it may be his last opportunity.
The lightweight division is one of the deepest pools of talent the UFC has to offer, and because of that, a loss is a huge stumbling block for fighter with championship aspirations.
We have heard fighters in the past say they didn’t have the ideal training partners for training camp. Nick Diaz said he didn’t get much help from his teammates in preparation for his title shot against the then champ, Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158. Those comments, however, came after the fight.
This will be the first time we see Henderson since he lost his title to Anthony Pettis back in August at UFC 164. This will be a huge fight for both fighters. A loss for either will put them in the back of the line for a title shot with the likes of Gilbert Melendez, T.J Grant, and Khabib Nurmagomedov making good impressions in the division.
Thomson and Henderson are scheduled to fight tomorrow at UFC on Fox 10 from Chicago, Illinois