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Josh Thomson Injured, April 11 Showtime Title Fight With Gilbert Melendez off

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MMA Mania has the scoop:

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson today broke his foot while training for his first title defense against the man who he defeated to capture it, Gilbert Melendez. Therefore, the highly anticipated rematch on April 11 has been scrapped.

There is no word yet on whether or not a replacement for Thomson can be found in time to challenge "El Nino" on the Showtime card — the first for the promotion since acquiring select assets, including fighter contracts, from Pro Elite earlier this year.

This is potentially a big set back for Strikeforce's debut card on Showtime. I hope they'll be able to find a worthy opponent for Melendez but there's not much time and Thomson's belt won't be on the line.

UPDATE by Chris Nelson - 12:11 AM ET - from a Strikeforce press release:

Strikeforce is searching for a replacement fighter to face the top-ranked Melendez in the live SHOWTIME televised event.

"I was sparring hard and I broke my leg, above my ankle, during an exchange," said the 30-year-old Thomson, who was trading blows with fellow Strikeforce competitor Billy Evangelista when the injury occurred.  Thomson is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday and is expected to be out of action for two to three months.

"I'm very upset.  All the hard work was done and it was time to fight," said the injured champ.  "I was looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans.  All I can say is that I'll be back when I get healthy."