Ludwig to Replace Thomson at Strikeforce

Duane Ludwig. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Yves Edwards at Strikeforce’s upcoming “Destruction” event on November 21 due to injury reports Sports Illustrated’s Josh Gross.

Thomson suffered torn ligaments in his toe during his training for the bout and hoped that the injury would have healed in time for the fight. Duane “Bang” Ludwig has agreed to replace him on short notice. However the bout will now be a non-title fight affair and probably won’t take place at 155 lbs according to Ludwig.

“Coker called me about 10 minutes ago and asked if I wanted to take the fight and I said, ‘Sure.’ We’ve got to determine a weight to fight at because there’s no way I can make 155 (pounds) on such short notice, but I’m excited to get another fight in before the end of the year.”

No word as of yet concerning how long Thomson will be out of action. Despite each competing in a variety of bouts around the world at lightweight, this will be the first-ever meeting between Ludwig and Edwards. Ludwig recently avenged a prior loss to Sam Morgan by stopping the ‘TUF’ veteran with strikes at Strikeforce’s “Payback” event on October 3 while Edwards is coming off of a brutal first-round TKO loss to K.J. Noons at a June EliteXC event.


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