Recent UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz will welcome former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson back to the UFC in a lightweight affair slated for UFC on FOX 7, which is scheduled to take place on April 20 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
The UFC officially announced the bout this afternoon.
Thomson has not competed in the UFC since a three-fight stint that ended at UFC 49 in August 2004 when Thomson suffered a highlight-reel KO loss to Yves Edwards by way of a flying head kick.
Since then, the American Kickboxing Academy product made his name under the Strikeforce banner. The pinnacle of his time with the promotion was a five-round unanimous decision over Gilbert Melendez to win the Strikeforce lightweight belt in June 2008. Thomson was last seen dropping a razor-close split decision to Melendez in May.
Diaz fell short in a bid for the UFC lightweight belt in December, dropping an unanimous decision to reigning champion Ben Henderson. Prior to the loss, Diaz had reeled off three straight wins, including an impressive submission of the durable Jim Miller.
UFC on FOX 7 will be headlined by a lightweight title unifcation bout between the UFC champion in Henderson and the Strikeforce title holder in Melendez. Former two-time UFC heayvweight champion Frank Mir will also return to action against Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion Daniel Cormier.