Strikeforce announced Monday morning that Josh Thomson will defend his Strikeforce lightweight title against Yves Edwards during the promotion’s next event on Nov. 21 at the H.P. Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
The Thomson vs. Edwards bout will be a rematch from UFC 49 in 2004 that saw Edwards walk away victorious following a dramatic first round knockout courtesy of a head kick.
Thomson, 16-2, won the title from Gilbert Melendez following a unanimous decision during Strikeforce’s June event in San Jose. He last competed during the promotion’s event at the Playboy Mansion in September, TKO’ing Ashe Bowman at 1:14 of round 1.
A veteran of both PRIDE and the UFC, Thomson holds notable wins in his career over “Razor” Rob McCullough, Hermes Franca, and Duane Ludwig.
Edwards, 34-14-1, last fought in June during EliteXC’s “Return of the King” event in Hawaii. Challenging then-incumbent K.J. Noons for the EliteXC lightweight title, Edwards lost via TKO at 0:48 of round 1. He had been granted the title shot following a three-fight win streak.
An 11-year veteran of the sport, Edwards holds notable wins over Franca, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Rich Clementi, and Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill.
Strikeforce’s Nov. 21 event, which will be televised on HDNet, will also feature Bobby Southworth defending his Strikeforce light heavyweight title against Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Joe Riggs taking on Luke Stewart in a welterweight bout.