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Josh Thomson

Josh "The Punk" Thomson

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  • Given Name: Joshua Joseph Thomson
  • MMA Record: 22-9-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Punk
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 39 | Date of Birth: 1978.09.21
  • Last Fight: February 18, 2017 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.2 lbs
  • Affiliation: American Kickboxing Academy
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 71.0" (180cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $761,500 USD
  • Born: San Jose, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: San Jose, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook
  • Head Coach: Bob Cook
  • Other Coaches: N/A

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Josh Thomson MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:40 Round 2 of 3, 5:40 Total

Br Patricky Freire
22-8-0 16-8-0

Us Bellator 172: Thomson vs. Pitbull
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.02.18
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.2 lbs (70.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Michael Chandler Bellator 154 2016.05.14
Reason: Thomson Injury
Win | KO/TKO
3:59 Round 2 of 3, 8:59 Total

Cl Pablo Villaseca
21-8-0 10-1-0

Us Bellator 147: Thomson vs. Villaseca
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.12.04
Odds: -1500 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.4 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | Submission | Choke
0:39 Round 3 of 3, 10:39 Total

Us Mike Bronzoulis
20-8-0 18-8-1

Us Bellator 142: Dynamite 1
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.09.19
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.4 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Tony Ferguson
20-7-0 18-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs. Duffee
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.07.15
Odds: +225 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $85,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 71 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Gilbert Burns UFC UFN 62 2015.03.21
Reason: Thomson Injury
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Bobby Green
20-6-0 22-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.07.26
Odds: -270 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $84,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: LL Cool J - It’s Time For War
Cancelled Bout Michael Johnson UFC on FOX 12 2014.07.26
Reason: Johnson Injury
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Benson Henderson
20-5-0 19-3-0

Us UFC on FOX 10: Henderson vs. Thomson
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.01.25
Odds: +270 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#47 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
Cancelled Bout Anthony Pettis UFC on FOX 9 2013.12.14
Reason: Pettis Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:44 Round 2 of 3, 8:44 Total

Us Nate Diaz
19-5-0 16-8-0

Us UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.04.20
Odds: +130 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $145,000 ($85K Base, $10K Bonus, $50K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mike Beltran
#36 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
#21 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC on FOX 7 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Caros Fodor Strikeforce 2012.09.29
Reason: Event Cancelled
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Gilbert Melendez
19-4-0 20-2-0

Us Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2012.05.19
Odds: +440 (Heavy Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 Base | Weigh-In: 153.0 lbs (69.4 kgs) | Referee: Dan Stell
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us KJ Noons
18-4-0 11-4-0

Us Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.03.03
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Cancelled Bout Maximo Blanco Strikeforce 2011.09.10
Reason: Thomson Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Tatsuya Kawajiri
18-3-0 26-6-2

Jp Fields Dynamite!! 2010
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2010.12.31
Odds: -105 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 154.3 lbs (70.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Gesias Cavalcante
17-3-0 15-3-1

Us Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.10.09
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.3 lbs (70.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
4:27 Round 3 of 3, 14:27 Total

Us Pat Healy
16-3-0 20-15-0

Us Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.06.26
Odds: -470 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.3 lbs (70.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Gilbert Melendez
16-2-0 16-2-0

Us Strikeforce: Evolution
Main Card | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.12.19
Odds: -111 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Base | Weigh-In: 153.0 lbs (69.4 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#21 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:14 Round 1 of 3

Us Ashe Bowman
15-2-0 9-5-0

Us Strikeforce at the Mansion II
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.09.20
Odds: -1000 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Gilbert Melendez
14-2-0 14-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson
Main Card | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2008.06.27
Odds: +358 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $35,000 ($20K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:45 Round 1 of 3

Us Adam Lynn
13-2-0 11-7-0

Us Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.09.29
Odds: -675 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $24,500 ($14,500 Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs)
Win | Submission | Choke
1:42 Round 1 of 5

Us Nick Gonzalez
12-2-0 12-4-0

Us Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni
Main Card | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.06.22
Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($15K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Nam Phan
11-2-0 12-2-0

Us Strikeforce: Triple Threat
Co-Main Event | Vacant Title | Lightweight | 155

2006.12.08
Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs)
Win | Submission | Choke
4:36 Round 2 of 3, 9:36 Total

Us Duane Ludwig
10-2-0 13-5-0

Us Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.10.07
Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Rocky Johnson

Us Idaho Regional

2006.07.06
Win | Submission | Choke
3:19 Round 3 of 3, 13:19 Total

Us Harris Sarmiento
8-2-0 20-13-0

Us Strikeforce: Revenge
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.06.09
Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Clay Guida
8-1-0 18-4-0

Us Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie
Main Card | Vacant Title | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.03.10
Win | Submission | Leglock
4:35 Round 1 of 2

Jp Daisuke Sugie
7-1-0 7-5-1

Jp Pride Bushido 8
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2005.07.17
Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:32 Round 1 of 3

Bs Yves Edwards
7-0-0 26-8-1

Us UFC 49: Unfinished Business
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2004.08.21
Disclosed Pay: $6,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#35 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Hermes França
6-0-0 8-0-0

Us UFC 46: Supernatural
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2004.01.31
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Larry Landless
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:45 Round 1 of 3

Us Gerald Strebendt
5-0-0 6-2-0

Us UFC 44: Undisputed
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2003.09.26
Disclosed Pay: $4,000 ($2K Base, $2K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Rob McCullough

Us Nevada Regional

2002.11.23
Win | Submission | Elbows

Ca Kajan Johnson

Us Idaho Regional

2002.09.07
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Doug Evans

Us Idaho Regional

2002.05.04
No Contest

Jp Norifumi Yamamoto

Us Hawaii Regional

2001.12.15
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Victor Estrada

Us Idaho Regional

2001.03.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jason Abajian

Us Arizona Regional

2001.01.18

Josh Thomson Wiki Update Wiki

Josh Thomson made his professional debut in 2001, quickly running his professional record to an undefeated 7-0 with one No Contest, with notable wins over Hermes Franca and Rob McCullough in the process. "The Punk" was knocked out in emphatic fashion in a 2004 fight with Yves Edwards in the UFC, but came back strong to win the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship in 2008, defeating favorite Gilbert Melendez in a tough five-round decision. Although he would lose the rematch in 2009, Thomson is still considered to be one of the best lightweights in Strikeforce and is a respected striker in the division worldwide.


Although he does not have a high percentage of knockouts, Thomson is known for his technical striking. He relies on accurate punching, kicking, and counter-striking to wear opponents down until he can move in for the kill.


Thomson would rack up wins over Pat Healy, Gesias Cavalcante and KJ Noons before fighting Melendez for a third time. He would lose a close split decision this time around. Thomson will now be returning to the UFC stage where he hasn't fought since 2004. He would square off against Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7. He would finish the fight in spectacular fashion rocking Diaz with a head kick and finishing him off with punches for Nate's first TKO loss in his career. Thomson would also win Knockout of the Night in his UFC debut. In his next fight he would take on the former champ in Benson Henderson at the Main Event of UFC on Fox 10. He would be on the losing end of a very close Split Decision call.

Last updated 04.08.2014, 8:05 AM ET
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    Promo Video  |  Signature Moves: Josh Thomson report dead link

  • Interview  |  Affliction Clothing Company Profile and Interview of Josh Thomson report dead link

    Affliction produced this video interview and highlight package of fighter Josh Thomson, in which he speaks about his introduction to the sport and training partners.

  • Promo Video  |  Josh Thomson: I am a Strikeforce Fighter report dead link

    Watch this promo video featuring Strikeforce lightweight fighter Josh "The Punk" Thomson.

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