Josh Thornburg (6-2), a member of the Cesar Gracie Fight Team who’s coached and cornered by STRIKEFORCE World Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, will replace an injured Conor Heun and face James Terry (9-2) in a televised 165 pound catch weight fight of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers card at Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif., on Friday, April 1, live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Heun tore ligaments in a knee during training and had to withdraw.
The up-and-coming, ultra-tough Thornburg had won two in a row and six of seven until losing his last start to local favorite and more-experienced Roger Bowling in a non-televised fight of Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson last March 5 in Columbus, Ohio.
Thornburg dropped a unanimous decision to Bowling, who had much to prove after being defeated by Bobby Voelker in his previous start, but the 6-foot, 26-year-old was competitive, rallied to have a good second round and nearly locked up a guillotine in the closing seconds.
“There’s no such thing as a moral victory and I was very disappointed I couldn’t get it done (against Bowling),” Thornburg said. “Going in, I was super confident. But I appreciate that I’m getting a chance to come right back and fight in my hometown on Showtime.”