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No fighter goes into a match 100% healthy — but Josh Thomson‘s situation is particularly troubling. Four months after breaking his leg in practice — and less than three weeks before his scheduled Strikeforce lightweight title rematch against Gilbert Melendez at "Carano vs. Cyborg" — Thomson told MMAJunkie Radio that he’s still very much feeling the effects of that injury:
"I guess you could say that two weeks ago I was on crutches…I’m still talking right now with my cornermen and my management about moving the fight back to October or me just not fighting [Melendez]…
[Training is] moving right along, I guess you could say. I’ve decided to go with the non-training method for this fight – kind of play it by ear and see what happens. There’s a lot of things I couldn’t do. I’m not training like I was able to for the first fight, and we’re going to see what happens…That doesn’t mean I’m not taking this fight serious. It doesn’t mean that I’m not going to show up and fight my ass off. Have I ever not showed up and fought my [expletive] ass off?…
Trilogies are meant to happen. This is a fight that was meant to happen. I believe I can beat him and I have all the tools to beat him. I think I showed it in the first fight. [But] if things don’t go my way, then hey, at least I know I’ll get a third one."
Later, Thomson took to the UG to backtrack a bit on his comment that the fight could be postponed:
Dude, Im fighting unless something happens to my big toe again. LOL If ya got anything from my dam radio interview is was that im gonna nut up an fight this fight cuz I dont know a fighter who hasnt fought without an injury. I wasnt a 100% the 1st time an I wont be this time but sometimes you just have to have a lil faith in God an myself to pull me through. Enough said, Im fighting an thats the end of this post!
Props to the Punk for being a warrior and saving "Carano vs. Cyborg" from the loss of yet another title fight. It should be said, however, that Melendez is currently a +110 underdog on BetUS — which means you should probably lay some cash down on him right now.