Translated by Korey Howard
It has been uphill and downhill for Josh ‘the Punk’ Thomson on whether he would fighting on this card. It was on, then off, then on again as ‘the Punk’ was jumping on a last minute plane to Japan for his debut in Pride. Now Josh not only knows he is fighting but who he is fighting. Pride announced today that Thomson will be fighting Daisuke “Amazon” Sugie (JAPAN/ ALIVE).
Pride’s website illuminates some info about Josh’s opponent. Daisuke “Amazon” Sugie, who happens to be fighting in his native Nagoya, is a professional Shooto fighter and a Brazilian Jui-jitsu practitioner. He is one of only a few Brazilian Jui-jitsu black belts in all of Japan and is the 8th ranked welterweight fighter in the Pacific-rim Professional Shooto organization. The question for him is going to be how effectively he can use his submission skills against one of the UFC’s top strikers.
This was a stacked card and it has only gotten better. Be sure to tune in this weekend for more Bushido 8 coverage.