After losing his initial shot at the Strikeforce belt in a bout with Clay Guida, a resurgent Thomson took on fan-favorite Nam Phan where he attempted to build on momentum from a trio of consecutive submission wins including a finish of Duane Ludwig. “The Punk” performed to near-perfection, outpointing Phan with relative ease to pick up the title.
This week it was revealed UFC lightweight contender T.J. Grant had been once again forced to sit on the sidelines for health-related reasons and watch one of his peers challenge for divisional gold. This time around, it will be former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson aiming for the title with Anthony Pettis laying claim to the gold rather than Benson Henderson. While the UFC on FOX 9 main event has definitely made headlines, there’s much more to Thomson’s crack at the belt than Grant’s misfortune. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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