Strikeforce's September 10th card just lost one of its most intriguing fights. Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson has been forced to withdraw from his fight with the debuting Maximo Blanco due to injury. MMA Fighting hits us with the news:
Thompson hurt himself within the past week, and tests revealed damage that left him unable to complete his training camp and compete. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the worst-case scenario for a fighter who has had several injury problems in the past.
Thomson was coming off a loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri in Dream last New Years Eve, but was 8-1 in his last nine Strikeforce fights. His only loss was to current Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, a man he had defeated in the past. Blanco is currently riding a six-fight winning streak, with the last five fights taking place in the defunct Sengoku promotion. No replacement for Thomson has been named as of yet.