Strikeforce will make a significant move towards determining a top contender to challenge lightweight title-holder Gilbert Melendez when the organization rolls into Columbus, Ohio for a March 3 event. According to a variety of reports, former 155-pound champion Josh Thomson will clash with K.J. Noons as part of a card already featuring bantamweight queen Miesha Tate defending her belt against undefeated judoka Ronda Rousey.

News of the bout was first revealed by MMAJunkie.

Noons is coming off a big win over Billy Evangelista in December while Thomson hasn’t fought in more than a year due to a variety of injuries. Comparably, Thomson holds an overall record of 18-4 including a previous victory over Melendez, while Noons is only 11-4 but can lay claim to having beaten highly-touted welterweight Nick Diaz.


MMATraining Take: The fight makes a ton of sense and I’m glad Strikeforce is opting to take this route rather than throw either one in there with Melendez despite not deserving the opportunity. Well done Strikeforce matchmaker Sean Shelby!