Josh Thomson vs Gesias Cavalcante ended with a unanimous decision for Thomson, the home town fighter.
Two judges scored it a 29-28 fight but one judge scored it 30-27 for Thomson. After the fight Thomson called out champ Gilbert Melendez and said the judges need to get together and hold a clinic and learn how to judge these fights. He also said he "felt like shit and wasn't able to do what he needed to do."
In the first round JZ caught Thomson with a short sharp right hand that stunned the former Strikeforce champ. Immediately Cavalcante pounced with a deep guillotine choke that nearly had Thomson tapping. Despite holding the choke for almost a minute, JZ wasn't able to finish the AKA fighter though. Thomson then escamped from Cavalcante's guard and ended the round with the Brazilian trapped in a deep arm triangle choke when the bell rang to end the round.
The second round saw Thomson dominate positionally on the ground again and again threatening with an arm triangle. He ended the round scoring some serious ground and pound from inside Cavalcante's guard.
Thomson was quick to dominate the standing clinch but Cavalcante managed to take him down and get mount. Thomson fought back to full guard. Thomson mugged at the camera as he worked rubber guard from the bottom. After a brief return to the feet, Cavalcante again got Thomson down and this time he postured up and landed some hard shots from the top. Thomson worked for a choke from guard with about a minute left in the round but JZ escaped.
Two of Strikeforce's top lightweights, Cavalcante and Thomson both came into the fight after suffering numerous injuries over the last three years or so.
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