Overshadowed by the main event grudge match between women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey on this weekend’s Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey fight card is an intriguing lightweight tilt between Josh Thomson and KJ Noons.
Tate and Rousey’s back and forth trash talk has drawn attention away from Noons and Thomson’s fight which, in the shallow Strikeforce lightweight division, could very likely carry with it title implications. During a recent appearance on Sherdog Radio Network’s Beatdown show, Thomson spoke about flying under the radar and why he should be fighting at the top of the card.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re trying to outdo the main event,” Thomson said. “There’s a lot of hype around the main event so I think [we’re] two males who really want to try to prove to ourselves and to everybody else that we should have been the main event. I think that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Thomson, who last appeared in action on December 31, 2010 in a losing effort against Tatsuya Kawajiri, believes that a main event worthy performance will go a long way in helping him net a title shot.
“I’m thinking with a good performance here, I get another title shot and I win the title,” he said. “Then we’ll just take it as far as it can go.”
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey goes down this Saturday from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.