Wow, this is a surprise: Josh Thomson (who is totally gay) beat Gilbert Melendez last night for the Strikeforce lightweight title. And he didn’t just squeeze out a win or catch Melendez … he fucking dominated him 50-45 on the scorecards:
The battle between two fighters who once spent 18 months as training partners saw Thomson dominate every aspect of the game. Thomson used better footwork to land more strikes and exploded for several takedowns late in rounds, and most effective were his kicks, which kept Melendez out of good takedown range. Melendez, who came into the fight ranked in the top five in the world in many lightweight polls, fell to 14-2. It was the first time in his career when he wasn’t either dominant or at least fought evenly with an opponent.
Despite the fact that we all knew Josh was good, very few people were picking him to win the fight. Melendez was coming in sounding laid back and ready while Thomson was bitching about ring rust, nagging injuries, and magic ‘fuck up your training’ fairies. No word yet on if Thomson was playing possum, but there was one big difference between this Josh and the Josh from the past:
“I trained my ass off for this fight. It was like B.J. Penn. I woke up one day and decided to dedicate myself to the sport. I spent all last year in the bar and had nothing to show for it but a bar tab. I haven’t had a drink since January.”
Pfft. What a quitter.