Nate Diaz was freshly removed from a five-round rumble with champ Benson Henderson when he crossed paths with Thomson and had looked razor sharp in previous pairings against game adversaries like Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone, and Jim Miller. While Diaz wasn’t overmatched from the opening bell, Thomson’s superior stand-up became apparent as action unfolded. He landed a flush head-kick in the clash, badly hurting Diaz, and quickly pounced en route to a TKO win. The loss stands as the only strike-based stoppage of Diaz’s career.
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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