Josh Thomson will be forced to pull out of his highly anticipated rematch with Gilbert Melendez at “Shamrock vs. Diaz” on April 11th. With just 10 days until the event is set to jump off, Strikeforce is scrambling to find a serviceable replacement.
“It’s unfortunate,” Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz disappointingly stated. “I feel bad for Josh. He was training really hard and looking really good.
“It happens, though.”
In a release from Strikeforce, Thomson expressed his remorse for not being able to defend his lightweight title against the man he took it from just six months ago.
“I was sparring hard and I broke my leg, above my ankle, during an exchange,” Thomson stated. “I’m very upset. All the hard work was done and it was time to fight. I was looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans. All I can say is that I’ll be back when I get healthy.”
Thomson will go under the knife on Friday, and is expected to be riding the pine for the next 2-3 months.
As soon as the organization got word of Thomson’s condition, they started their world-wide search for his replacement. Although time is not on their side, they have all intentions of finding an adequate fill-in.
“We’ll be looking for a suitable opponent for Gilbert,” Afromowitz said. “It’s just a matter of finding someone suitable. We’ve got some good resources, so we’ll see what we come up with.”
Strikeforce’s 2009 debut will be held inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. You can catch the event for free on Showtime.