Josh Thomson. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.
One month after being forced to withdraw from his first-ever Strikeforce lightweight title defense, Josh Thomson is still feeling lingering effects of torn ligaments in his toe, suffered during a training session for his scheduled November rematch with Yves Edwards.
From MMA Weekly’s “MMA Insider Blog”:
“For some reason, I still can’t run, I can’t do cardio, I can’t do anything right now,” he tells MMAInsider. “I can’t ride a bike…you have to push on the balls of your feet. I can’t do anything that causes my big toe to bend.”
Thomson is doing rehab on the injury twice a day, and his doctor has worked out the scar tissue that had built up in the digit. If it doesn’t get better in two weeks, he says an anticipated February return for Strikeforce is off the table. He will, however, get on their card tentatively scheduled for March in San Jose.
I’m not much of an expert on toe injuries, but I did suffer torn ligaments in one of my toes before, and it sounds like Thomson just needs to get off his feet and rest in order for the injury to heal. At least that’s what worked for me.
Anyway, Duane Ludwig replaced Thomson at Strikeforce’s November event and won a decision over Edwards, potentially earning him a shot at Thomson’s belt early next year, if a planned bout between Ludwig and Phil Baroni doesn’t get put together by Scott Coker and company first. Thomson and Ludwig have fought before - Thomson scored a second-round submission of Ludwig at Strikeforce’s “Tank vs. Buentello” event in October 2006.
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