Josh Thomson targets Nick Diaz for UFC on FOX 12 – in a pretty Diazian way


josh-thomson-ufc-on-fox-10Josh Thomson appeared to want a fight with UFC vet Nick Diaz at this summer’s UFC on FOX 12 event, and he made the callout in a Diazian way. However, “The Punk” later said he his phone was stolen.

After putting plans for his own potential retirement on hold, the 155-pound Thomson appeared to issue the challenge to the veteran 170-pounder earlier today on Twitter. The tweet referenced his April 2013 head-kick knockout of Nick’s brother, Nate Diaz, in the callout:

However, Thomson later stated that he didn’t issue the original tweet and that his phone was stolen:

UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at the SAP Center at San Jose (formerly HP Pavilion) in California. No fights are currently scheduled for the network-televised card, which should get a big promotional push from FOX.

A Thomson (20-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) would’ve certainly been sellable, though it now appears unlikely. Thomson, who hasn’t fought since a controversial split-decision loss to ex-champ Benson Henderson in January, is a longtime member of San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy and headlined a handful of major cards for Strikeforce, which was headquartered in the city before the UFC bought it out and ultimately disbanded it.

Diaz, though, is anything but a sure thing for a return to the octagon. UFC President Dana White said the organization recently was targeting a fight between Diaz and welterweight contender Hector Lombard, but the Stockton-based fighter never returned his calls, he said.

Getting a firm commitment from Diaz on anything MMA-related hasn’t exactly been easy for UFC officials. The former Strikeforce champion said a state of flux in his personal affairs previously kept him from focusing on a return to the cage. In March he said he was finally ready to return to the cage, though that interest appears it was short-lived.

Diaz hasn’t fought since a title loss to St-Pierre in March 2013. He subsequently announced his retirement but has flirted with the idea of a return.

As for Thomson, he nixed plans for his own retirement when he felt like the UFC lightweight title picture was moving on without him. Namely, he was annoyed that former opponent Gilbert Melendez was granted a title shot and an upcoming coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter 20? opposite champion Anthony Pettis.

“No one wants to end on the downhill like a Muhammed Ali, or you’re in that state where it’s time to just give it up,” Thomson said earlier this year. “I can’t say I’m trying to walk away while I’m still good, but just knowing guys like Gilbert, who I feel like I beat in my third fight, and guys like Benson, who beat Gil in a very close split decision – I feel like I won more than Gilbert lost to Benson. I should be right there. I am right there. I’m getting heated up right now just talking about it.”

For now, though, it appears Thomson vs. Diaz is unlikely.

For more on UFC on FOX 12, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(UPDATED on May 4, 2014, at 11:40 a.m. ET with Thomson’s tweets that state his phone was stolen and he didn’t post the original Diaz callout.)

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