Josh Thomson was set to compete for the UFC lightweight title last month before an injury to Anthony Pettis scrapped the contest.
Now, Thomson must prove his No. 1 contender status when he faces Benson Henderson this Saturday night at UFC on FOX 10.
Recently, Thomson stated issues about his training camp. He cleared up what was really meant during an appearance on “UFC Tonight.”
“It was more or less about not having the training partners that I normally have to prepare for the fight,” he said. “Gray Maynard was taking time out. Tyson Griffin had neck surgery and was out, too. My three major training partners haven’t been there for the whole holiday period.
“It’s been quiet in the gym.”
Thomson added that he has been “focusing how the fight’s going to go this week. The rest helps with mental preparation.
“I’m starting to feel better, starting to feel more confident,” Thomson said. “Throughout the camp, you’re always tired and your mind starts playing tricks on you.”
The change in opponent from Pettis to Henderson – a former champion himself – also caused some issues for Thomson.
“I say stylistically, with Pettis you already know what he’s going to do,” Thomson said. “Benson, he mixes it up. He’s a good wrestler, he’s got decent grappling. (Pettis will) keep the distance, circle, kick.”
Having been declared the next contender once, Thomson knows all he is can now is keep winning before reaching that spot once again.
“Anytime you’re dealing with the UFC, you let them make the decisions,” he said. “All I can do is go out and win. I’m not going to wait for Pettis if I get the win. Look at Dominick Cruz.
“Guys can be out for a couple of years with injuries. I don’t plan on sitting on the sidelines regardless if he’s ready or not.”
Catch the entire interview with Thomson in the video below: