September 21, 1978 |
San Jose, California, United States
|Other names||The Punk|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||71.0 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California, United States|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Rank||Black belt in Guerilla jiu-jitsu|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division III|
|Years active||2001 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Joshua Joseph Thomson (born September 21, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes in the UFC's Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 2001, Thomson has also competed in PRIDE, Strikeforce, the World Fighting Alliance, and appeared at Dynamite!! 2010. Thomson is a former Strikeforce World Lightweight Champion and a former Strikeforce U.S. Lightweight Champion. As of January 17, 2014, he is #3 in official UFC Lightweight rankings.
Thomson was born and raised in San Jose, California, growing up in the east side of the city. Being half-European and half-Mexican, Thomson faced discrimination and got into fights often. In middle school, he was involved in a brawl in which the principal was punched while trying to break up the incident, resulting in Thomson being placed in a juvenile hall. Afterwards, Thomson went to live with his father in Idaho where he went to high school and competed in wrestling. Thomson continued wrestling at junior college powerhouse, North Idaho Community College, and also attended Stanford University but decided the school was not for him after only attending for a few weeks. His college wrestling record was 40-3. In 2000, Thomson was involved in an alcohol-fueled brawl while on a lake cruise in Idaho. In the melee Thomson choked one man so badly that he required CPR and as a result, Thomson was charged with felony aggravated assault, serving six months of a three-year sentence before being released for good behavior.
Mixed martial arts career
Thomson started out very strongly in his MMA career winning his first two professional bouts, before going to a no contest with Kid Yamamoto. Thomson would then go on to win his next three fights, including a win over former WEC Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Thomson made his debut in the UFC at UFC 44 defeating Gerald Strebendt by knockout in the first round. He would then pick up a decision victory over Hermes Franca in an incredible fight at UFC 46, before falling victim in his next fight to a highlight reel KO finish at the hands and foot of Yves Edwards.
Thomson was 2-1 in the UFC and 7-1(1) overall before leaving the UFC and opting instead to go overseas to Japan and fight once for PRIDE FC. He won his single fight in PRIDE by submission in the first round. Thomson then signed with Strikeforce and would lose his debut fight with the company (a fight for the vacant Strikeforce Lightweight Championship to Clay Guida) but would then go on to win his next six fights, including victories over Duane Ludwig and Nam Phan and would earn another shot at the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.
On November 21, 2008, Thomson was scheduled to make his first title defense in a rematch against Yves Edwards at Strikeforce: Destruction but had to pull out after tearing ligaments in his toe. Duane Ludwig was selected to take Thomson's place on the card. On April 11, 2009, Thomson was scheduled to make his first title defense in a rematch against Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce's debut on the Showtime Network, but had to pull out after breaking his ankle while training on April 1, 2009. Rodrigo Damm was selected to take Thomson's place on the card.
On August 15, 2009, Thomson was scheduled to unify his title with the newly crowned Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, but suffered a broken leg in training. Mitsuhiro Ishida was selected to take Thomson's place against Melendez.
On December 19, 2009 at Strikeforce: Evolution, Thomson fought Gilbert Melendez for the Lightweight Championship. Thomson would lose the fight by unanimous decision, but the fight would see both fighters put it all on the line in what would prove to be a very fast-paced and exciting fight.
Thomson fought Pat Healy at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum and won by rear naked choke late in the 3rd round. After this win, Dave Camarillo granted him his black belt in Guerrilla jiu-jitsu. Thomson broke two ribs during the fight on Healy's very first takedown and fought the rest of the fight very defensively.
Thomson was expected to face promotional newcomer Maximo Blanco at Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov but yet another foot injury forced him out of the bout.
Return to the UFC
Following the dissolution of Strikeforce in January 2013, Thomson returned to the UFC and faced Nate Diaz on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. He won the fight via TKO (head kick and punches), becoming the first fighter to finish Diaz by way of strikes. The win also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.
Thomson was expected to face current UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9, replacing an injured TJ Grant, However, the bout was cancelled after Pettis pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury.
Thomson faced Benson Henderson on January 25, 2014 in the main event at UFC on Fox 10. Henderson defeated Thomson via split decision. Many media outlets and observers were split on who they thought should have been declared the winner. Thomson had one more takedown (5 to 4) and was able to secure Henderson's back on multiple occasions, while Henderson was able to significantly outstrike Thomson (114 to 33) over the duration of the bout and was credited with the bout's only submission attempt. During the first round Thomson broke the thumb on his right hand, contributing to his inability to punch with much effectiveness. Disappointed in the result of the Henderson bout, Thomson indicated in the post-fight press conference, that he may be "done" with the UFC or fighting.
Thomson was expected to face Michael Johnson on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12. However, on July 11, Johnson pulled out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by Bobby Green. Thomson lost the bout to Green by split decision.
Before becoming a full-time professional fighter, Thomson worked in construction.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||20 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||20–7 (1)||Bobby Green||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown||July 26, 2014||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||20–6 (1)||Benson Henderson||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson||January 25, 2014||5||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||20–5 (1)||Nate Diaz||TKO (head kick & punches)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||2||3:44||San Jose, California, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||19–5 (1)||Gilbert Melendez||Decision (split)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier||May 19, 2012||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||For Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||19–4 (1)||K.J. Noons||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey||March 3, 2012||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Strikeforce Lightweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||18–4 (1)||Tatsuya Kawajiri||Decision (unanimous)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan, Japan|
|Win||18–3 (1)||Gesias Cavalcante||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II||October 9, 2010||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||17–3 (1)||Pat Healy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum||June 26, 2010||3||4:27||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||16–3 (1)||Gilbert Melendez||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Evolution||December 19, 2009||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Lost Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||16–2 (1)||Ashe Bowman||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: At The Mansion II||September 20, 2008||1||1:14||Beverly Hills, California, United States|
|Win||15–2 (1)||Gilbert Melendez||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson||June 27, 2008||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Won Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||14–2 (1)||Adam Lynn||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion||September 29, 2007||1||4:45||Beverly Hills, California, United States|
|Win||13–2 (1)||Nick Gonzalez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni||June 22, 2007||1||1:42||San Jose, California, United States||Defended Strikeforce U.S. Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||12–2 (1)||Nam Phan||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Triple Threat||December 8, 2006||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Won Strikeforce U.S. Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Duane Ludwig||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello||October 7, 2006||2||4:36||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||10–2 (1)||Rocky Johnson||Submission (armbar)||Pride and Fury 5||July 6, 2006||1||1:55||Worley, Idaho, United States|
|Win||9–2 (1)||Harris Sarmiento||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Revenge||June 9, 2006||3||3:19||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||8–2 (1)||Clay Guida||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie||March 10, 2006||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||For vacant Strikeforce Lightweight Championship; Guida was docked one point for eye gouging.|
|Win||8–1 (1)||Daisuke Sugie||Submission (kneebar)||PRIDE Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||1||4:35||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||7–1 (1)||Yves Edwards||KO (flying head kick & punches)||UFC 49||August 21, 2004||1||4:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0 (1)||Hermes França||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 46||January 31, 2004||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0 (1)||Gerald Strebendt||KO (punches)||UFC 44||September 26, 2003||1||2:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0 (1)||Rob McCullough||Decision (unanimous)||WFA 3: Level 3||November 23, 2002||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–0 (1)||Kajan Johnson||Submission (elbows)||SE: North American Sport Fighting Invitational||September 7, 2002||2||4:56||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||3–0 (1)||Doug Evans||Submission (triangle choke)||NW Submission Fighting 1||May 4, 2002||1||1:29||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|NC||2–0 (1)||Norifumi Yamamoto||No Contest||Shogun 1||December 15, 2001||2||2:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Accidental groin kick rendered Yamamoto unable to continue.|
|Win||2–0||Víctor Estrada||Submission (triangle choke)||Gladiators Vale Tudo||March 10, 2001||2||N/A||Worley, Idaho, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jason Abajian||KO (punches)||Bushido 1||January 18, 2001||1||N/A||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|2013||"Fist of the Dragon" (Action)||《龍拳》||Damon (lead actor)||Produced by Roger Corman, Directed by Antony Szeto, Lead actors: Josh Thomson, JuJu Chan, Ellary Porterfield|
|2013||Fight Life||Himself||MMA Documentary
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Lawler vs. Brown". UFC.com. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- STRIKEFORCE SETS MARTIN, SMITH ON COLLISION COURSE
- Thomson Out, Ishida in Against Melendez
- "http://www.fiveknuckles.com/mma-news/Gilbert-Melendez-vs-Josh-Thomson-confirmed-for-Strikeforce-Evolution-on-Dec-19.html". FiveKnuckles.com. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
- Mike Chiappetta. "Strikeforce Live Blog: Josh Thomson vs. JZ Cavalcante Updates".
- "K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson targeted for 'Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier' in March". mmajunkie.com. January 6, 2012.
- "Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson added to April's UFC on FOX 7 event". mmajunkie.com. January 29, 2013.
- Staff (2013-04-20). "UFC on FOX 7 bonuses: Brown, Mein, Romero, Thomson earn $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- Staff (2013-09-16). "Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson booked for UFC on FOX 9 headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
- Staff (2013-11-11). "UFC on Fox 9: Anthony Pettis Injury Forces Title Fight Postponement". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- Matt Erickson (2013-11-17). "Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson headlines UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
- Brett Okamoto (2014-01-25). "Henderson edges Thomson in thriller". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
- Staff (2014-01-25). "Benson Henderson defeats Josh Thomson". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
- Benson Henderson gets controversial nod over Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 10
- UFC on FOX 10 results: Ben Henderson wins controversial call over Josh Thomson
- "UFC on Fox 10". hosteddb.fightmetric.com. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
- UFC on FOX 10 results: Emotional Josh Thomson breaks thumb early, ponders MMA retirement after controversial decision loss
- Matt Erickson (2014-01-26). "Josh Thomson considering retirement after UFC on FOX 10 loss". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- Mike Chiapetta (2014-05-09). "Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson set for FOX UFC Saturday on July 26". msn.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
- Henderson, Jason (10 May 2014). "Josh Thomson Vs Michael Johnson Goes Down At UFC On FOX 12". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- Thomas Gerbasi (2014-07-11). "Green in for the Menace against Thomson". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- James Iannotti. "Ready or not: MMAmania.com exclusive interview with Josh Thomson".
|3rd Strikeforce Lightweight Champion
June 27, 2008 - December 19, 2009