<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=446150" target="_blank"> Thomson: Fighters above 155 not as good </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=446150" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=80&q=75&x=64&y=29&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=josh-thomson-06-13-13-0-0-7-605.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>They say the hardest part is not getting to the UFC, it's staying in the UFC. And Josh Thomson believes that job is a lot harder fighters 155 lbs. and below:</p>
"This is what I say -- when you go up in weight, you should be saying it to those guys. Because those guys all have weaknesses. You hit 185, 205, and heavyweight, those guys are always just good at like one thing, two things, but they're not great all the way around. There's ways to finish them. So if you're a well-rounded athlete, you can finish those guys. You can find ways to finish those guys," Thomson explained.
"With 55-pounders and below, good luck, man. Everybody's good all around -- they're good wrestlers, they're good jiu-jitsu guys, they're good standup guys, they're game to throw down and they're always in shape. 170 is kind of like the limbo -- like there's some well-rounded guys in there. GSP was the champion so long because he was the most well-rounded and usually in the best shape. But that's kind of like the whole new guy -- that's why Rory MacDonald does well. He's in shape, he's got pretty good jiu-jitsu, he's hard to take down but he's got good standup. He's well-rounded with good shape. Those are the guys that are hard to beat."
Thomson looks at the bigger weight classes as the less evolved when it comes to the best fighters in the sport. He's not saying they aren't talented -- he's just saying they aren't as talented as the fighters competing at 155-pounds and below.
"You start getting in the 185's, 205, heavyweight, they start being one-dimensional, two-dimensional fighters. They're not mixed martial artists. They're not as good as the 55-pounders and below," Thomson said. "They're just not. To me that's just a fact."
<div style="clear: left; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div>