After coming up short in his attempt for the UFC lightweight title, Nate Diaz will face Josh Thompson at UFC on FOX 7 on April 20, according to reports.
The fight will be held at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, and will mark Thomson’s return to the UFC after spending the most recent part of his career fighting for the now-defunct Strikeforce.
Diaz (16-8) was last seen fighting Benson Henderson for the company’s 155-pound title at UFC on FOX 5 last December. The Diaz brother was defeated in a shutout with all three judges scoring the bout in Henderson’s favor, one of which scored the contest 50-43.
Thomson (19-5) last competed in the octagon back in 2004. He went 2-1 and earned wins over Gerald Strebendt and former lightweight title challenger Hermes Franca. He lost to Yves Edwards at UFC 49, but went on to have success in Strikeforce, holding the company’s lightweight title and having a rivalry with fellow UFC on FOX 7 lightweight Gilbert Melendez.
As reported by GRACIEMAG.com, Melendez will make his UFC debut and challenge Henderson for the lightweight title as the card’s headliner. Strikeforce grand prix winner Daniel Cormier will also make his UFC debut, fighting former heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
News of the fight was first reported by CSN Bay Area.
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