Josh Thomson is coming off a win over Pablo Villaseca in a lightweight bout at Bellator 147 and looked impressive in that win. Following the fight, Thomson spoke with MMA Fighting.com.
Thomson revealed that he has big plans for 2016. According to Thomson, who is 37 years old, he wants to fight six times in the new year. He already has his next fight lined up. Thomson hopes to fight on the Bellator 148 card, which is in three weeks.
“I want to fight six times in the next year,” said Thomson. “I’m trying to get on the show in Fresno in three weeks. I’ve got a lot of fans in Fresno. Josh Koscheck (who is headlining the Fresno show) and I trained together for years, and I’d like to be on the show with him. I’d like to get on the Houston show in February, and then back here in San Jose in May, so that’s three fights right there.”
Thomson explains that he wanted to fight big names while in the UFC, but it never happened.
While in Bellator, Thomson wants to fight big names, but also help build Bellator into a bigger power.
“Realistically, look, I’ve been a world champion, I’ve fought for the title, but I came here because I was asking to fight top guys. In the UFC, I wanted to fight Pettis, Cerrone, Alvarez, action-packed fights, but they told me they had other plans. I asked for my release after the Bobby Green fight (in July 2014), but they didn’t give it, so I finished up my contract. I came here. The title sounds great, but I’m here to help build Bellator, and that’s what I want to do.
“After the show in St. Louis (on Nov. 6), I went on my Twitter feed and all the people were talking about was me and Chandler, not Brooks. People weren’t interested in me with Brooks; fans wanted to see me and Chandler. When you’re talking about doing numbers on TV, me and Chandler is the bigger sell. I’m here to build Bellator more than I want to win the title. I understand my position in this company, and I’m here to put eyeballs on the television screen.”
Thomson is currently on a one-fight winning streak. In his last six bouts, he’s 3-3. Bellator MMA officials have yet to announce his next fight or if he will even be fighting on the Bellator 148 card.
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