Originally posted on Fight Hub TV  |  Last updated 2/15/13
It’s been over three years since Josh Thomson lost the Strikeforce lightweight belt to Gilbert Melendez. At the time, Thomson was on an 8-fight win streak, 16-2-1 and one of the hottest prospects outside the UFC, which was a situation he loved, openly speaking about his hasty departure from the organization he only held one loss in – a KO at the hands of Yves Edwards. He felt slighted, but vindicated. Strikeforce was his home from the moment Scott COker built it and let him through the doors, and thirteen fights later, Thomson finds himself back in the UFC, older, wiser and not without a chip on his shoulder. The Punk’s most recent fight was in May of 2012, a 5 round war against his rival, Gilbert Melendez, in a back and forth fight that many saw go Thomson’s way. The belt should’ve been his again, instead, the judges saw Gilbert win via a split-decision. Now, Gilbert is getting the next UFC lightweight title shot right out of Strikeforce and Thomson is left to fight the previous nu...
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