Thomson’s first encounter with Gilbert Melendez was only his second defense of the Strikeforce belt. “El Nino” entered the bout with plenty of deserved hype but failed to find success in the showdown. Still, it was a closely-contested clash and it was clear the two would see action against each other again at some point in the future.
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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