Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson Added to UFC on Fox 7

January 29, 2013
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Nate Diaz at UFC 141The theme of UFC vs. Strikeforce continues for the upcoming UFC on Fox 7 show as Nate Diaz will face Josh Thomson in a lightweight battle on April 20.

UFC officials announced the fight on Tuesday.

Technically, Josh Thomson moves to the UFC from Strikeforce, but at one time he was considered the uncrowned champion of the lightweight division that competed inside the Octagon.

Unfortunately at the time, the UFC opted to do away with the 155-pound weight class, so Thomson moved on and ended up winning the Strikeforce title. He also managed to engage in an epic trilogy of fights with current Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez.

Now Thomson faces a tough test for his return to the UFC as he faces off with former Ultimate Fighter winner Nate Diaz.

Diaz books his next fight just over a month after his loss to UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 5 in December. Now Diaz will try to get back on track and face a fellow local area fighter in Thomson, who trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif.

Diaz vs. Thomson is the latest addition to the UFC on Fox 7 card taking place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on April 20, which features several UFC vs. Strikeforce fights including the main event pitting Benson Henderson against Gilbert Melendez.

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  • Mark McDowall

    Could be a very interesting fight. I know alot of people will count Thompson out, but he is no slouch!

  • DrRJE

    this one is gunna be fun. great card.

  • GoNoles

    rather see him and maynard rematch or him and the russian

    • RonnieV

      Me too, they need a rubber match!

    • Solidmemory

      I guess they want to make the last two fighters who challenged for the SF and UFC titles to face each other

  • bajafox

    Great match, can’t wait to see how Nate rebounds from the loss to Bendo.

  • RonnieV

    Very Excited for this fight! UFC fans are going to learn that Thomson is a brawler. This match-up may not be good for Nate. I hope Nate whoops him, but IMO Thomson is Top 10.

  • brian stevens

    This is a great fight! Tough fight for nate coming off a loss. Josh has a style that will give him fits.

  • George Sperry

    ” but at one time he was considered the uncrowned champion of the lightweight division that competed inside the Octagon.”
    When did the UFC drop the 155 division?

  • Thomson should be the favorite here based upon style, he is a very good wrestler that can take Diaz down and he is a pretty well rounded striker. I don’t see the boxing or jiu jitsu of Diaz being an avenue for Diaz to win.

  • Jason Decipher

    Exactly Thompson is a brawler while Nate is more technical. Probably a bad matchup for Thompson but noe the less intriguing