On Thursday, FrontRowBrian – who doesn’t work for a mixed martial arts news outlet, but has had a knack for breaking MMA info – reported Josh Thomson (Pictured) tore the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his knee and would likely be forced out of his title scrap against Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez.
However, Thomson came firing back with a vengeance on his Twitter account regarding the rumors. While he didn’t necessarily deny the injury, “The Punk” promised to keep his May 19th appointment no matter what.
“Gotta love when so obscure twitter guy thinks he has the inside scoop on what’s going on. Ha! Just another way to get a follower or 2 #troll,” Thomson tweeted. “What fighter doesn’t have some sort of injury going into a fight? I’m fighting so peoples sources are jokes just like they’re websites.
“Didn’t confirm fight or injury with fighter or camp before printing. That’s top journalism at its best. Lol”
Well, that should just about settle things…
The former training partners will complete their trilogy inside HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Thomson initially took Melendez’s Strikeforce title back in January of 2008, but “El Niño” stormed back to reclaim the strap in their December 2009 rematch.
If Thomson couldn’t answer the bell, Strikeforce’s most viable option as a replacement is Patrick Healy. Although game time is less than a week away, “Bam Bam” claimed he was more than willing to serve as a last-minute substitute.
“If Josh Thomson is injured and they need someone to fight Gil, you already know I’m down,” Healy posted on his Twitter.
Showtime will broadcast Saturday’s featured bouts beginning at 10PM ET/PT.