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Lightweight Title Bout Now in Jeopardy at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg”

Written by Tom Ngo
July 27th, 2009
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Just when things started to look back up for Strikeforce, their “Carano vs. Cyborg” show may be taking another hit as lightweight champ Josh Thomson continues to have issues with his “healed” broken leg. With about three weeks until showtime, the card may once again be down to two title fights.

“I broke it right at the ankle, so I had to have some plates put in with some screws,” Thomson told MMAJunkie.com. “It was a double break in the fibia. I had a break in the lower part of the bone and a break in the upper part of the bone. I got eight screws and a plate put in.

“It was kind of a nasty break. The good thing is it wasn’t a jagged break. There was no compound fracture.”

Thomson mentioned that because of the nagging healing process, he hasn’t been able to properly train for his highly anticipated rematch against Gilbert Melendez, the man he jacked the strap from at “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson” in June of 2008.

Word on the street is that the injury is so severe that Strikeforce is already on the hunt for a replacement to meet Melendez inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

“I’m still talking right now with my cornermen and my management about moving the fight back to October or me just not fighting [Melendez],” Thomson stated. “But that doesn’t mean I’m not taking this fight serious. I’m doing what I can to win this fight. That’s the bottom line.”

Thomson initially broke his leg during a training session back in April. That boo-boo delayed the title unification bout against Melendez at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” this past April. Although he thought it was a thing of the past, it looks like the injury bug has lingered and refuses to go away.

“It’s moving right along, I guess you could say,” Thomson said. “I’ve decided to go with the non-training method for this fight – kind of play it by ear and see what happens. There’s a lot of things I couldn’t do. I’m not training like I was able to for the first fight, and we’re going to see what happens.”

No official word from Strikeforce regarding the matter as this news comes on the heels of the company’s announcement earlier today that the Affliction fall-out bout between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Gegard Mousasi has been inserted into their August 15th show.

At one point, the card featured four title bouts, however after losing the heavyweight fight between champ Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, the open welterweight title bout between Joe Riggs and Nick Diaz, and now possibly the 155-pound 5Rounder, this once-promising event appears to have been jinxed from the jump.

Hopefully, Thomson will be good-to-go come game time. However, he has already planted the seed for an out if he can’t successfully defend against his old homie.

“If things don’t go my way, then hey, at least I know I’ll get a third one,” Thomson said knowing that in a worst case scenario he’ll get a mulligan.

Regardless, two title fights in one Showtime broadcast isn’t bad. Complaints should be held to a minimum, especially since Gina Carano will be in the main event.

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