Josh Thomson gave Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez everything he could handle for five rounds recently. Thomson, who lost the bout via a decision, recently told Jens Pulver on the Scrap Radio Show that he feels like Melendez is avoiding certain fights and that it’s hurting his legacy.

“I look at it a bunch of different ways. You have to understand, you want to be considered the best lightweight in the world, you have to fight whoever they put in front of you. You don’t hear GSP (Georges St-Pierre) or Anderson Silva turning fights down with people in their weight class, saying, ‘Oh, I don’t want to fight him again.’ We don’t really have that option. If you want to be considered the best, quit ducking people.”

Thomson was the last fighter to defeat Melendez, scoring a decision over him in 2008. “El Nino” has won the last two meetings between them.

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