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Strikeforce News: Thomson Out of 4/11 Co-Headliner With Broken Leg; Lawler/Shields + Babalu/Feijao Added to June Card


("Josh, bro, you ever look at your hands? I mean really *look* at them? It’s like, why do we have five fingers anyway? Who decided that? It would be cool if I had six, but I’d probably be able to get by with just four. Or like, why is there a thumb on only *one* side of your hand. I feel like I’d be able to get more done with two thumbs on each hand. Do you ever watch ‘Fringe’? Great fuckin’ show." Photo courtesy of MixedMartialArts.com.)

With less than two weeks to go before Strikeforce returns to action on Showtime, the second-biggest fight on the "Shamrock vs. Diaz" card (April 11th, San Jose) has been scratched from the lineup. Strikeforce announced last night that lightweight champion Josh Thomson broke his left leg above the ankle while sparring with Billy Evangelista yesterday, and will not be having his rematch with Gilbert Melendez next Saturday. Said Thomson:

“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.”

Strikeforce is searching for a late replacement for Melendez so that the former champ can still compete on the card. Tough break (literally) for Thomson, but on the bright side, we didn’t want to see him fight Melendez again anyway. Their first meeting last June saw Thomson  dominate Melendez with his striking for all 25 minutes of the match; El Nino was never really in the game. And Melendez hasn’t fought anybody since then, so it’s not like he’s legitimately earned another crack at the champ. We’ll keep you posted on the random-ass opponent they scare up for him. The full lineup for "Shamrock vs. Diaz" can be seen here.

In other news…


Strikeforce’s June 6th event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis was officially announced via press release this morning, with two major bouts confirmed for the card. Headlining "Lawler vs. Shields" will be, you guessed it, Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields, who will face off at a non-title catchweight of 182 pounds. The highly anticipated match between EliteXC’s final middleweight and welterweight champs was previously slated to be on a May event in Washington state, but that no longer seems to be the plan.

Also on the card, Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral will defend his title against Team Nogueira product Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, a 7-1 fighter who scored first-round TKO wins over John Doyle, Wayne Cole, and Travis Galbraith last year under the EliteXC banner. Cavalcante was previously the victim of the sixth-worst commentary moment in MMA history.

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imalebowski- April 2, 2009 at 10:20 pm
thomson looks like he got a swirly in the teletubbies porta-potty.
Curtis Sample- April 2, 2009 at 8:52 pm
Ass Eating, anyone? Hit me up, yo! Word.
NateGetsIrate- April 2, 2009 at 8:50 pm
@ Dangada Dang:

I don't believe your lies.

@ Mantooth:

I don't believe your lies.
RED- April 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm
Every time I see that picture I want to punch that dorky ass kid in the face.
Dmonicideals- April 2, 2009 at 5:33 pm

You can eat my ass curtis
Mantooth- April 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm
@ Nate and Dang

Your statements lack humor.
Dangada Dang- April 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm
Nate, if you seriously thought i believed that fight was going down.....then we know who the "gullible geek" is
Anonymous- April 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm
WAR MANTOOTH!
NateGetsIrate- April 2, 2009 at 2:55 pm
@ Dangada Dang:

Sorry to let you down there buddy pal, but that was another ufc April Fool's joke. Hey CP, here's your next article:

"UFC Burns MeatHeads and Gullible Internet Geeks"
Jonny5- April 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Josh Thomson needs to try and get with a different organization if he wants to ever be considered a top 5 LW. Have him go challenge Satoru Kitaoka for the Sengoku title that would be a good start.
Curtis Sample- April 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm
i just wanna know if any dudes wanna let me eat their ass
Dangada Dang- April 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm
In BIGGER news: Bruce "The Turn" Buffer is fighting Joe "Rape Choke" Rogan at the UFC 100 Expo!
Curtis Sample- April 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm
yo for real guys do you think its weird that i watch mma only to see if i can catch a glimpse of penis?? and then i sit on this site all day trying to meat... i mean meet random other in the closet homos so we can exchange nudie pics?? my bf thinks im being gay but im like whatever... but as long as i keep posting first i feel really good like when im rolling out in my yellow jeep wrangler top down listing to princes greatest hits... anyways feel free to hit me up @ curtissamplewantstoeatyourasshole@hotmail.com if you wanna chat
Curtis Sample- April 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm
and cage potato you really let me down yo you let mainstream media take over the home page what is this shit? break.com? you let em get to your butt mang i said to protect that ish
Curtis Sample- April 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm
ayy skidding i got mad respect for you dog. stay fighting the power and dont let em take your butt cuz then its all over. always protect ya mcnuggets
Fellow Canadian.- April 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm
I wish I was first.
nEw JeRsEy - NeW jErSeY- April 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm
haven't seen Feijao in a minute. I like this guy, but think Babalu is a mighty tough task, especially after not fighting since July 2008.
Anonymous- April 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm
Hey, Mantooth, it's just a joke, even a bad one. How's that for lacking humor, Mr. "Lacks Humor"?

War manutdfan
Mantooth- April 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm
Putting "WAR" before another fighters name, like manutdfan did with WAR Babalu, lacks humor and is childish. Take a minute to come up with something intelligent to write...practice on a scratch piece of paper if you have to.
skidding- April 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm
@Curtis Sample

Big ups to you dawg. Mad props to your mother, word. You drop the bomb like it's Vanilla Ice. Your first comment makes me wanna jump, jump like Chris Cross. You're dope, and continue to fight the power, homey G Funk
manutdfan- April 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm
WAR Babalu!
Mantooth- April 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm
That caption lacked humor at all. I forced myself to laugh b/c I felt I owed myself for reading the whole damn thing.
greenseed- April 2, 2009 at 11:51 am
is that "JZ" Cavalcantes brother?
Anonymous- April 2, 2009 at 11:50 am
Melendez looks like Leatherface.
Curtis Sample- April 2, 2009 at 11:45 am
hell yeah bitches first as usual
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