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Josh Thomson to defend Strikeforce lightweight title against Yves Edwards on Nov. 21

Strikeforce announced Monday morning that Josh Thomson will defend his Strikeforce lightweight title against Yves Edwards during the promotion’s next event on Nov. 21 at the H.P. Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

The Thomson vs. Edwards bout will be a rematch from UFC 49 in 2004 that saw Edwards walk away victorious following a dramatic first round knockout courtesy of a head kick.

Thomson, 16-2, won the title from Gilbert Melendez following a unanimous decision during Strikeforce’s June event in San Jose. He last competed during the promotion’s event at the Playboy Mansion in September, TKO’ing Ashe Bowman at 1:14 of round 1.

A veteran of both PRIDE and the UFC, Thomson holds notable wins in his career over “Razor” Rob McCullough, Hermes Franca, and Duane Ludwig.

Edwards, 34-14-1, last fought in June during EliteXC’sReturn of the King” event in Hawaii. Challenging then-incumbent K.J. Noons for the EliteXC lightweight title, Edwards lost via TKO at 0:48 of round 1. He had been granted the title shot following a three-fight win streak.

An 11-year veteran of the sport, Edwards holds notable wins over Franca, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Rich Clementi, and Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill.

Strikeforce’s Nov. 21 event, which will be televised on HDNet, will also feature Bobby Southworth defending his Strikeforce light heavyweight title against Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Joe Riggs taking on Luke Stewart in a welterweight bout.

  • Shatner says:

    C’mon you have got to be kidding.Are they setting this up just so Thomson can get a win back.I thought after his last fight they were going to come up with a great match up for Thomson but apparently not.

  • JoHn says:

    didnt yves edwards just lose to kj “little bitch” noons, are they just going to feed edwards to all title holders, doesnt make sense to me.

  • Jason G says:

    edwards is a decent fighter but he doesn’t deserve a title shot now. i’m guessing strikeforce couldn’t line up a better fighter.

  • Patrick says:

    Thomson by KO/TKO in the first round… most likely around 2-3 minutes in.

  • Rich S. says:

    you guys are acting like Yves doesn’t stand a chance..
    I don’t know if you know this or not but Yves BEAT Thomson a few years ago.
    this is a great matchup.
    i’ve been wanting this for a loooong time.

    and just because Yves had a one in a million moment, losing to KJ, doesn’t mean he’s done for..

    good lord.

    Yves is a top tier LW and i think giving HIM a match with Thomson [even after a loss], a rematch at that, is wayyyy better then Thomson Knocking out another no-name int he 1st round..

  • Patrick says:

    Thomson has improved many fold since his loss to Yves, no disrespect to Yves but he’s on his way down and Thomson is on his way up.

  • Sabotage says:

    Irrelevant fight to the overall MMA rankings and I am not very interested in seeing the result.

    Yes, Thomson does get to hopefully win in a revenge fight against a past opponent, but if this is the best opponent that Strikeforce can lineup, it proves the organization is building up no other fighters.

    Bad for business and a promotion. Thomson, jump ship when you can.

  • Shatner says:

    Rich S. the top tier lightweight named Yves you know is this the same one who has lost 6 of his last 10 fights and is clearly on the downside of his career.Just because you beat someone years ago does’nt mean you have the same chance of beating them again fighters improve a lot in a few years who actually thought Marvin Eastman was going to beat Rampage the second time they fought just because he beat him the first time years earlier.

  • Barnie says:

    Why is Lemont Davis fighting Brian Schwartz again? They fought last time and it was both of their first MMA bout, it was horrible! Schwartz didn’t know what he was doing and he even struggled to get out of a guillotine in Lemont Davis’s half guard. Yes! A fricking half guard!

    These two will make a fool out of themselves again. Just watch.

  • Kevin says:

    Most likely Brian Schwartz will pull another Raymond Daniels. Those karate/taekwondo geeks just never learn. MMA is not for them. They’re probably just being thrown in the cage as a laughing stock for people to see that those lame karate/taekwondo shit is useless.


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