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James Thompson confirms he’s property of Strikeforce and stumps for a rematch vs. Kazuyuki Fujita

World Victory Road will give British heavyweight veteran James “The Colossus” Thompson a chance to redeem himself following an unsuccessful promotional debut at “Sengoku: Seventh Battle” on March 20.

According to the 14-10 Team Trojan product, he will return to the Japanese-based promotion in August at the unannounced “Sengoku: Ninth Battle” event.

Thompson has already targeted an opponent for the bout.

“I hope it’s Kazuyuki Fujita,” Thompson told The Fight Network on Tuesday.

Thompson first crossed paths with Fujita at PRIDE: Total Elimination Absolute in May 2006, where the 15-7 Japanese veteran dealt him a knockout loss at 8:25 of the first round.

This time around the British export wants revenge.

Competing as a professional since 2003, Thompson has defeated veterans like Dan Severn, Hidehiko Yoshida and Don Frye.

Throughout stints with the PRIDE Fighting Championships, EliteXC and Cage Rage, Thompson has dropped bouts to Fujita, Aleksander Emelianenko, Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Neil Grove and Brett Rogers.

Now on a four-fight losing streak, Thompson hopes to turn things around following a first-round knockout loss to Jim York at “Sengoku: Seventh Battle” earlier this month.

Thompson is best known for a third-round TKO setback against Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson on the CBS broadcast of “EliteXC: Primetime” last May. Despite being stopped in the third round, Thompson had Ferguson on the brink of defeat in the second stanza, nearly becoming the first man to defeat the Internet street fighting sensation. Moreover, Thompson now holds the accolade of participating in the most-watched fight in MMA history.

Prior to facing York on March 20, Thompson battled popular French-Canadian prospect Steve Bosse to a no contest at the first (and last) Titans Fighting event in Montreal on February 6. Confusion about rules for the show led to fans throwing debris into the ring once Thompson took Bosse to the ground. Fans, unknowing to the fact they were watching a sanctioned MMA fight as opposed to a modified kickboxing-rules contest, responded by throwing bottles, cans and other items into the cage in support of the local hero Bosse.

Thompson also told The Fight Network that his contract was one of 42 different EliteXC fighter contracts acquired by Strikeforce in the ProElite acquisition earlier this year.

“I am waiting to hear from Strikeforce,” said Thompson, who hopes to compete for the California-based promotion on a future card televised on Showtime. For the time being, however, he appears to be having no trouble securing fights in the “Land of the Rising Sun.”

Throughout his nine-year career, Fujita has recorded wins over Mark Kerr, Ken Shamrock, Gilbert Yvel and Bob Sapp.

Fujita has notable career losses against world-class competition such as Mark Coleman, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (twice), Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva and Jeff Monson.

Fujita is coming off a first-round knockout loss to former YAMMA Pit Fighting tournament winner and UFC veteran Travis Wiuff at “Sengoku: Third Battle” in June 2008.

  • MMASwami says:

    Thompson looked like shit against York. Dude is 2-8 in his last 10 fights.

  • obamasaidknockyouout says:

    This guy should retire. He is fun to watch, but I have concerns for his well-being. He loses consciousness way too quickly and way too often…not good for the brain.


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