Former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson will look to extend his current win streak to three in a row this New Year’s Eve when he faces popular Japanese competitor Tatsuya Kawajiri on the annual “Dynamite!!” card being held at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The 18-3 Thomson most-recently saw action this past October when he beat American Top Team’s Gesias “J.Z.” Cavalcante at “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Nons 2” by way of a hard-fought unanimous decision.
News of the cross-promotional bout was first reported by MMAFighting.
Including his match-up with Cavalcante, Thomson has emerged victorious in ten of his last eleven bouts with the lone exception being a five-round decision loss to “Top 3” lightweight and current Strikeforce title-holder Gilbert Melendez (a man he’s also beaten). “The Punk” has finished thirteen of the eighteen opponents he’s beaten while only having been stopped a single time in his twenty-one fight career.
Kawajiri (26-6-2) will be returning to the ring for the first time since suffering a cringe-worthy Achilles Lock to Shinya Aoki at DREAM 15 last July. Prior to the submission, “Crusher” had won four consecutive fights as well as seven of the nine before starting the run of straight success.