Lightweight contender Josh Thomson will be looking to get his quest for an elusive UFC title shot back on track when he squares off against Bobby Green this weekend in San Jose at UFC on FOX 12. “The Punk” will be making his first appearance since a close split-decision loss to Benson Henderson that had him contemplating retirement, while Green will be looking to make it four consecutive Octagon wins.
The No. 3-ranked Thomson has looked impressive in his second stint with the promotion. He became the first fighter to ever stop Nate Diaz via strikes at UFC on FOX 7 before his razor-thin loss to the former champion Henderson at UFC on FOX 10. Thomson sustained a broken thumb in that contest which affected his performance, but was still able to give “Smooth” all he could handle.
Thomson has fashioned a 20-6 career record, including 14 finishes by way of knockout or submission. The former Strikeforce champion’s most notable achievement has been a stellar trilogy against Gilbert Melendez. He emerged victorious in one of three tremendously exciting clashes against “El Nino.” Thomson had been initially slated to face Michael Johnson, but “The Menace” was forced out because of an injury.
It’s basically a now-or-never situation for the 35-year-old Thomson against Green if he has any hopes of nailing down a future title shot.
Green is riding plenty of confidence heading into this contest thanks to an impressive seven-fight win streak. His most recent appearance was a unanimous decision victory over Pat Healy at UFC on FOX 9 in December. Green, who had been originally targeted to face Abel Trujillo before getting the call as an injury-replacement, has recorded 17 finishes by knockout or submission.
He hasn’t tasted defeat since a 2011 decision loss in Strikeforce against Gesias Cavalcante.
This fight shapes up as a very meaningful battle in the 155-pound division. Thomson can get back into the title picture with a victory against “King,” while Green can work his way into top-10 territory if he’s able to produce his biggest career triumph.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports