According to a report by underground journalist Front Row Brian, Josh “The Punk” Thomson has injured his knee and now his scheduled Strikeforce lightweight title fight against Gilbert Melendez is now in jeopardy.
The two are scheduled to meet on the main card of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Cormier event, which is slated to take place on May 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
FRB reports that Thomson blew the posterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees, a major injury that would make it very difficult for Thomson to compete next weekend.
Melendez and Thomson are bound for their third meeting at what will be Strikeforce’s 40th event. In their first encounter, Thomson defeated Melendez by unanimous decision to take El Niño’s Strikeforce title back in 2008. In the 2009 rematch, Melendez avenged the loss and reclaimed his title by handing Thomson a unanimous decision loss.
No official word yet on Thomson’s injury or any planned replacement opponents.
UPDATE: According to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, it looks like Thomson is planning on fighting through the injury.