UFC lightweight Josh Thomson better keep his head on a swivel the next time he strolls into the American Kickboxing Academy. A training partner to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, Josh Thomson aparently doesn't think much of athletes competing in MMA's weightier weight classes.
"You hit 185, 205, and heavyweight, those guys are always just good at like one thing, two things, but they're not great all the way around," Thomson tells FOX Sports. "There's ways to finish them. So if you're a well-rounded athlete, you can finish those guys. You can find ways to finish those guys.
"With 55-pounders and below, good luck, man. Everybody's good all around -- they're good wrestlers, they're good jiu-jitsu guys, they're good standup guys, they're game to throw down and they're always in shape. 170 is kind of like the limbo -- like there's some well-rounded guys in there. [Georges St-Pierre] was the champion so long because he was the most well-rounded and usually in the best shape. But that's kind of like the whole new guy -- that's why Rory MacDonald does well. He's in shape, he's got pretty good jiu-jitsu, he's hard to take down but he's got good standup. He's well-rounded with good shape. Those are the guys that are hard to beat."
While guys like Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson would likely feel pretty secure in their skill sets, Thomson insists they don't stack up with lighter-weight fighters.
"You start getting in the 185's, 205, heavyweight, they start being one-dimensional, two-dimensional fighters," says Thomson. "They're not mixed martial artists. They're not as good as the 55-pounders and below," Thomson said. "They're just not. To me that's just a fact."
The owner of a cardio studio in San Jose, Thomson might be just the man to rescue these souls from the top of the UFC's pound-for-pound rankings.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via HerrDannyboy.
Why 2013 Kicked this MMA Fan's @ss Part 7A: July: He took it for granted... Prologue
Note: To those who care: Part 6 can be found here:
Why 2013 Kicked this MMA Fan's @ss Part 6: June: The Thrill of Brazil, the Agony of Winnipeg
Mea culpa: This one will be updated with [more] vitriol.
I was so taken aback and disgusted by the absurdity of Schaub and the ennui of UFC 161 (Why 2013? Why!!), I ended up overlooking some very noteworthy Folklore and Tidbits, namely:
Mark Hunt giving the usual number of fucks (How many?) and brushing off his painful and life-threatening UFC 160 battle wounds like they were mere mosquito bites (I dare you to click on these 2 links. Go on! I double dare you).
Brandon Schaub and Matt Mitrione engaging in a meeting of the minds on Twitter (Surprise! The minds are a no-show).
Roy Nelson channeling his inner Harriet Beecher Stowe.
A Noob challenging Anderson Silva.
Anderson Silva and George St-Pierre are the reason I started watching MMA religiously.
As I've said before, they are my 2 favorite fighters (JDS being the 3rd) in that order... and as you found out in March Madness, I'm a Montrealer that only watches fight sports.
Therefore, the magnitude of the psychological beating I've received in July 2013 cannot be expressed in the number of words acceptable for a thesis, let alone a Fanpost.
It was impossible for me to be succinct, so this one's been dismembered.
You'll be getting the limbs one at a time.
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