Below is a two-part video interview with Strikeforce lightweight champion, Josh "The Punk" Thomson.
Thomson is scheduled to defend his title in a rematch against the Strikeforce interim lightweight champion, Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez ,on December 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,California.
In the interview, Thomson talked about his thoughts on the fight between his two friends Josh Koscheck and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC 106,. He said that Koscheck is his roommate right now and that he thought Johnson did a good job against Koscheck.
Thomson said Koscheck is in his prime right now and he thinks that Johnson can be the champ one day in the welterweight division.
Phil Baroni was another subject during part two of the interview and Thomson feels that Baroni needs to rededicate his life to training. Thomson stated that Baroni is training the wrong way and that he needs to revamp himself. He did credit Baroni for being in great shape and having a bounce in his step in his last fight at UFC 106 against Amir Sadollah, but he also said Baroni is no longer motivated to train hard and is tired of the sport.
Thomson also talked about how his training at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) and also at Cung Le's gym. He feels that Le is in great shape and that his body needed the time off to heal up.
Thomson feels that Takanori Gomi is a Hall of Famer and that he would like to fight him if he signs with Strikeforce. The Punk also said that he would fight his own mother for the right money.
DiVita asked Thomson if he would fight his AKA teammate Billy Evangelista, and Thomson said he feels Evangelista should have to fight a tougher opponent before he gets a title shot. He is open to fighting Evangelista, and stated that Strikeforce and Scott Coker calls the shots and chooses his opponents.