For a long time fans wanted to see bouts between the best from UFC and Strikeforce and to an extent that wish has been granted. Though Strikeforce is no longer in business, its competitors remain and a good number of them have been brought into the UFC’s ranks so far including the company’s latest addition – Josh Thomson.
The former lightweight king has been booked for a bout against Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose, California. Two significant scraps are already scheduled for the April 20 lineup featuring fighters from the opposing brands in the form of Frank Mir-Daniel Cormier and Benson Henderson-Gilbert Melendez.
UFC officials have confirmed the clash.
Thomson is coming off a decision loss to Melendez many felt he deserved the nod in. He holds an overall record of 19-5 including wins over Duane Ludwig, K.J. Noons, Gesias Cavalcante, and Pat Healy, as well as an outpointing of Melendez back in 2008 clash for the Strikeforce championship.
The 16-8 Diaz was last seen falling to Henderson in a title-fight this past December. Prior to the stumble he’d won three bouts in a row featuring finishes of Takanori Gomi and Jim Miller. Eleven of his victories have involved a submission stoppage.
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