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Thomson Out Of Melendez Strikeforce Fight With Broken Leg (Update)

Josh Thomson vs Gilbert MelendezStrikeforce’s debut event on Showtime just took a pretty significant hit.

MMA Mania is reporting that Josh Thomson has broken his leg and is out of his Strikeforce lightweight title defense against Gilbert Melendez.

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson today broke his foot while training for his first title defense against the man who he defeated to capture it, Gilbert Melendez. Therefore, the highly anticipated rematch on April 11 has been scrapped.

There is no word yet on whether or not a replacement for Thomson can be found in time to challenge “El Nino” on the Showtime card — the first for the promotion since acquiring select assets, including fighter contracts, from Pro Elite earlier this year.

I don’t think many people were overly excited about this fight since Melendez was getting an immediate rematch from a fight he clearly lost, but still, it was a solid match-up on a card that needs to make a good first impression on Showtime.

Hopefully, Coker and Co. can find a good replacement, but time is definitely not on their side.

Quick Update: Turns out Josh broke his leg, not his foot. From MMA Junkie:

Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2) was today forced to withdraw from his rematch with Gilbert Melendez (14-2) after suffering a broken leg in training.

According to the release form Strikeforce, Thomson will undergo surgery to repair the break on Friday, and the 155-pound champ is expected to miss two to three months of training.

A change was made to the title and story to reflect the update.

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