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Strikeforce targeting March 3 for lightweight bout between K.J. Noons-Josh Thomson

Lightweights Josh Thomson and K.J. Noons appear to be on a collision course for March, as reports have the two Strikeforce fighters set to meet at the company’s Columbus, Ohio event. Given the 155-pound division’s landscape it’s likely the winner of Thomson-Noons would likely become the #1 contender to Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez.

Thomson (18-4) has been on the sidelines for over a year due to an injury but won his last two fights inside the Strikeforce cage against Gesias Cavalcante and Pat Healy. He also is 1-1 with Melendez, meaning a rubber match could be store, while holding on overall record of 9-2 inside the organization.

Noons is coming off a victory over Billy Evangelista that ended a two-fight losing skid with decision defeats to Nick Diaz and recent lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal. He holds an overall record of 11-4 with eight TKOs.

News of the potential pairing was first reported by MMAJunkie.

The finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix are also slated for the event, along with title-fight between bantamweight champ Miesha Tate and Olympic judoka Ronda Rousey and a battle between Paul Daley-Kazuo Misaki.


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