("I’ll have the usual." Photo courtesy of MMA TKO.)
We can officially add Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson to the list of Epically Cursed fighters that already includes James Irvin and Amir Sadollah. The Punk told MMA Weekly that he re-broke his leg in training, postponing his return — and rematch against interim champion Gilbert Melendez — even further:
Thomson first broke his leg before a scheduled fight against Melendez at "Shamrock vs. Diaz" in April. Then, the lingering injury (plus a jacked-up toe) forced Thomson to drop off the "Carano vs. Cyborg" card two weeks before that event. Josh now expects to return to competition at a yet-to-be-announced Strikeforce card slated for December 19th, and he won’t be taking a tune-up fight first:
Luckily, Melendez might have another solid opponent to pass the time if Thomson’s recuperation stretches out even longer. According to Sherdog, former top-ten lightweight Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro has signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce. Ribeiro most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Shinya Aoki at DREAM.10, and holds notable victories over Tatsuya Kawajiri, Joachim Hansen, and Mitsuhiro Ishida.