Not only did Josh Thomson score a victory in his Bellator debut, but the UFC vet sounds very happy to be fighting for the Viacom owned promotion.
Thomson tapped out Mike Bronzoulis at “Dynamite” on Saturday, in what marked the first time he had competed since July, when he was decisioned by Tony Ferguson.
That fight concluded Thomson’s UFC deal, and the former Strikeforce champ ended up signing with Bellator. Not long after, Dana White claimed the UFC wasn’t interested in retaining Thomson, although the latter had a different take on the situation.
Following Thomson’s latest victory, the well rounded vet spoke to MMA Junkie.com and he had nothing but good things to say about Bellator.
“Phil Davis touched on it a little bit; you just feel rejuvenated. There’s something different when you show up to the venue, when you show up to the host hotel, and it just feels better. There’s not, I don’t want to call it negative energy, but you just feel relaxed and comfortable, like family.”
Thomson also went on to claim that during his time with the UFC, he witnessed interns and staff talking down to fighters, even hall of famers. He also credited Bellator for allowing him to make additional money through opportunities to fight for GLORY.
Recently it was reported that Thomson made seven times more in sponsorship at “Dynamite”, then he would have with the Reebok deal…So, while UFC boosters will likely dismiss his comments above, clearly Thomson has a financial reason to be happy about his decision.
All this aside, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Thomson, who is unquestionably one of Bellator’s top lightweights.