Despite a somewhat questionable decision loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri in Japan, Thomson got back to business in Strikeforce where the American Kickboxing Academy staple ran his record to 3-0 in the wake of his 2009 title-loss to Gilbert Melendez by beating K.J. Noons. Noons’ background in boxing did little to keep his foe’s fists off his face and he had no answer for Thomson’s takedowns either. It was sloppy at times, but Thomson dominated Noons for the most part and scored another shot at Melendez based on the result.
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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