Thomson Out, Ludwig In

Written by Tom Ngo
November 10th, 2008

With Stikeforce’s “Destruction” card less than two weeks away, lightweight champion Josh Thomson has been forced to withdraw from his bout against Yves Edwards due torn ligaments in his toe. Reports are surfacing that Duane Ludwig has already agreed to step in on just 11 days notice to take on the MMA veteran on November 21st at the HP Pavilion.

Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker confirmed Thomson’s injury today with SI.com, and also stated that Ludwig would most likely be his replacement.

“Coker called me about 10 minutes ago and asked if I wanted to take the fight and I said, ‘Sure.’ We’ve got to determine a weight to fight at because there’s no way I can make 155 (pounds) on such short notice, but I’m excited to get another fight in before the end of the year,” Ludwig told MMAWeekly.com on Monday afternoon.

Ludwid has been preparing his body to permanently compete at the 170-pound division, so logically this fight against Edwards will take place somewhere between 160 and 165 pounds.

“I don’t want to make 55 anymore,” Ludwig said. “My plans are to start fighting at 170 from now on.”

This was supposed to be Thomson’s first title defense since defeating Gilbert Melendez for his belt in June.  He just defeated Ashe Bowman at “Strikeforce at the Mansion II” in a non-title matchup in September.

Here is how Strikeforce’s “Destruction” card now shapes out:

Preliminary Bouts:

Nik Theotikos vs. Luke Rockhold
Kurt Osiander vs. Raul Castillo
Zakary Bucia vs. Jaime Rodriguez
Bobby Stack vs. Cyrillo Padilha
Alvin Cacdac vs. Jose Palacios
Tony Johnson vs. Eric Lawson

Main Bouts:

Brad Royster vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Lemont Davis vs. Brian Schwartz
Lina Kvokov vs. Kim Couture
Joe “Diesel” Riggs vs. Luke Stewart
Yves Edwards vs. Duane Ludwig
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Bobby Southworth (Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion)

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