Two of the top 155-pound fighters of this era finally meet in the Octagon on January 25th, when former UFC lightweight champion “Smooth” Benson Henderson battles former Strikeforce titleholder Josh “The Punk” Thomson. Plus, resurgent heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga meets rising star Stipe Miocic, Brazilian lightweight standout Adriano Martins challenges 155-pound action hero Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Jeremy Stephens looks for another knockout win against Darren Elkins.
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Josh Thomson vs. Duane Ludwig Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello
After scoring back-to-back submission wins, Josh “The Punk” Thomson was ready to make another run at the Strikeforce title and his next big test was against former K-1 kickboxing champion Duane “Bang” Ludwig and his 13-5 record including eight KO/TKO wins.
In a dueling debut, American Kickboxing Academy’s undefeated lightweight Josh Thomson with his speedy, well-rounded game squared off against former US Marine turned Eddie Bravo protege Gerald “The Finishing Machine” Strebendt.
WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner returns to defend his title belt against Benson Henderson. Henderson also has a partial claim to the title as he was crowned interim champion after his epic bout with Donald Cerrone.