THACKERVILLE — Treston Thomison’s journey to earn a bout with Chris Jones of Dallas tonight at Bellator 146 required a lot of patience on his part.
The last time that Thomison stepped into the octagon, the Ardmore resident was knocked out via a head kick by Cody Walker in the second round at Bellator 128 at WinStar on Oct. 10, 2014.
What followed were plenty of restless days waiting by his telephone.
Day after day, he waited for that one phone call from Bellator MMA.
When the calendar turned over to March, Thomison grew restless.
Although 2014 was his first year fighting professionally for Bellator MMA, he never had to wait more than four months behind fights.
Thomison fought three times within a span of seven months, twice to Stephen Banaszak — lost by an armbar submission with four seconds remaining in the first round at Bellator 111 on March 7 and then avenged the loss at Bellator 121 with a submission via guillotine choke. The Ardmore native was knocked out by Cody Walker in the second round at Bellator 128 on Oct. 10 via a head kick.
The short layoffs between matches already had Thomison mentally prepared to compete earlier this year.
“I was ready to fight in March,” he said.
While at home in September, Thomison finally received the phone call that he had waited for.
“I was real excited. I was happy,” he said.
Thomison carries a professional record of 8-3 into tonight’s fight at tonight’s featherweight prelim at Global Event Center at WinStar World Resorts — seven fights competing for King of the Cage and another for Freestyle Cage Fighting.
Only one of his fights has gone the distance — won by a split decision over Anthony Kellen at KOTC-Apocalypse on Sept. 17, 2011.
Jones is 9-3.
Thomison has past experience competing at WinStar, as tonight will mark the seventh time that he has fought in Thackerville.
In an in-person interview prior to Thursday afternoon’s weigh-in outside of Mist Nightclub in WinStar, he admitted this was the first time that he has not suffered any injuries while training for a fight.
“It’s going good,” he said. “I haven’t got as hurt as much as I usually do.”
When asked about strategy, Thomison insisted about the importance of remaining patient and not give in to Jones’ aggressiveness.
“I think I just need to try to be patient and try to take him down,” he said. “Chris is an aggressive striker.”
The first fight starts at 6 p.m.
The live stream for Bellator 146 is available online through mmafighting.com.