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Josh Thomson really really really wants to stress the point that rumors of a knee injury leading up to this weekend’s fight against Gilbert Melendez are false:

There’s no injury, everything is good. I tweaked my wrist and I tweaked some of my other body, but nothing bad. There’s always little injuries going into a fight, but nothing that is going to take me out of it.

The thing that was written about me said, ‘Oh he has a torn PCL’, but if you have anything torn, you wouldn’t even be contemplating the fight. Even if there was an injury, at least give the fighter a chance to pull out of the fight, or at least confirm that there is an injury.

I understand that it’s up to the media people to break the news first, but the best part about it all, was how some of the media guys, especially this idiot that was on there. He gets on there (Twitter), and after I’ve denied it, says, ‘I know I’m right. I’ve confirmed with three sources. I’m right and you’re wrong. You’re going to get your ass kicked on Saturday, anyway.’ And I’m thinking, ‘This is a guy that just wants to drop some information, whether it’s true or not.’ That’s just so typical, I think, of the MMA media.

Oh, that terrible MMA media. I’ve been hearing that a lot these days about how awful and full of sh*t we all are, constantly getting everything wrong. Why, I hear some of the the guys running MMA news sites *gasp* haven’t even gone to journalism school!

I don’t know what to believe regarding Josh Thomson’s injury. But I didn’t really know beforehand either. See, the way it works nowadays on the internet is you read a whole bunch of crap about a whole bunch of stuff and then based on the legitimacy of the source you decide what you’re going to believe. Most people know something they read on MMA Junkie has a much better chance of being legit than something thrown out on twitter or some internet forum.

That being said, if some dude on twitter keeps scooping MMA Junkie on certain stories, then people are going to start paying attention to him. And if he starts getting sh*t wrong, that attention goes away. It all regulates itself, so if someone wants to stake the reputation they’ve built over the past year and a half on Thomson’s knee being a stiff breeze away from falling apart, that’s their prerogative. And if you think that’s amateur hour … boo hoo. Welcome to the internet. Go read a newspaper or watch network news, because they’re so much better at being accurate, objective, and impartial.

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