Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson Added to UFC on FOX 12 Fight Card

May 9, 2014
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Josh ThomsonA match-up between top ten ranked lightweights Josh Thomson and Michael Johnson has been added to the UFC on FOX 12 fight card. FOX Sports first reported the bout and UFC officials later confirmed the match-up.

Thomson (20-6, 1 NC) made a bold statement in his UFC return bout at UFC on FOX 7, when he became the first fighter to knock out Nate Diaz.

The former Strikeforce lightweight champion last competed on Jan. 25, losing a hard-fought split decision to former titleholder Benson Henderson. The 35-year-old currently sits third in the UFC 155-pound rankings.

Johnson (15-8) made his way to the UFC through the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He advanced to the finals, but was defeated by Jonathan Brookins. A three-fight winning streak with victories over Joe Lauzon, Gleison Tibau, and Melvin Guillard has moved the 27-year-old into the top ten rankings. A win over Thomson would move Johnson into contender status.

UFC on FOX 12 takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on July 26. The only other match-up that’s been announced for the fight card is a light heavyweight tift between Anthony Johnson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

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  • Chicago

    This fight will let us know a lot about both fighters. A lot to lose for JT and a lot to gain for MJ.

    • shakejunt

      precisely. kudos to josh for taking whatever fight was offered to him.

      • Mark McDowall

        Funny how real fighters will take any fight given to them.

        Take note Nick and Nate!!

        • David Huenecke

          And Jon Jones.

    • Mark McDowall

      I agree. Much more to loose for Thomson IMO. But either way a great fight!

  • uncle

    This fight made my day

  • brad king

    Rory Macdonald will go to town on both these guys!
    Hope the winner fights RM next for the next title shot.

    • El Gvapo

      Of course he would, he’s a weight class heavier.