Strikeforce news: Injury forces Josh Thomson to withdraw from fight against Maximo Blanco on Sept. 10

Photo via Esther Lin for Strikeforce.

Strikeforce lightweight Josh Thomson has been forced out of his upcoming fight with Maximo Blanco on Sep. 10, 2011, because of an unspecified foot injury, which is said to have occurred this past week during the fighter's training camp. 

It's unclear at this time how long "Punk" will be out of action, as well as whether or not a replacement opponent for Blanco -- a Sengoku standout who was set to make his highly-anticipated promotion debut -- will be secured in time for the event at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

With less than three weeks until fight night, it might be a tall order.

This is more bad news for Thomson (18-4), a former lightweight champion, who was able to string together consecutive wins over Pat Healy (Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Werdum") and Gesias Cavalcante (Strikeforce: "Diaz vs. Noons 2") before Japanese "Crusher" Tatsuya Kawajiri battered him en route to a unanimous decision loss at K-1: "Dynamite!! Power of Courage 2010" last December.

It was just his second loss since 2006. And he's itching to get back into the promotion's lightweight title hunt. He'll now have to wait a little while longer.

Strikeforce: "Barnett vs. Kharitonov" features the second leg of the promotions heavyweight grand prix tournament with Josh Barnett battling Russian bomber Sergei Kharitonov and Daniel Cormier locking horns with Antonio Silva.

In addition to the two heavyweight grand prix bouts, middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza will defend his title against the returning Luke Rockhold, while other intriguing match ups pitting Muhammed Lawal vs. Roger Gracie and Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi will also be featured on the card.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker