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Josh Thomson Wants To Out-Perform Strikeforce’s Tate-Rousey Main Event

Josh Thomson and K.J. Noons have each said on more than one instance that they want to have the Fight of the Night Saturday at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. Thomson, however, is going one step further than those remarks now.

Thomson and Noons will be part of the Showtime-televised main card from Columbus, Ohio Saturday evening. The main event consists of Miesha Tate defending her bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re trying to out-do the main event,” said Thomson, in a recent interview with “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.”

It has been rumored that the winner of Thomson-Noons would receive the next crack at current Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Thomson lost to Melendez back in 2009, and has not competed since December of 2010 due to injuries.

FightLine will have complete coverage of Saturday’s card, including ongoing play-by-play of the main bouts.