Mike “MAK” Kyle (pictured) and Josh "The Punk" Thomson, both of San Jose, will be on the Strikeforce card on Sept. 29 in Sacramento.
Sacramento hosts “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Power Balance Pavilion. The main event features a lightweight title defense of Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez as he takes on fellow contender Pat “Bam Bam” Healy. Featured on the card is the return of two of San Jose’s Josh “The Punk” Thomson, who is 19-5 in MMA and 10-3 in Strikeforce, and light heavyweight Mike “MAK” Kyle (19-8-1-2 MMA, 3-3-1-1 SF). Both fighters are fighting out of American Kickboxing Academy.
Thomson, a former lightweight champion, returns after a controversial split-decision loss to the current champ this past May. In a five-round war, Thomson and Melendez left it all in the cage in a rubber match after they each took a win over the other. “The Punk” will now take on rising star, Caros Fodor (7-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) in a three-round affair, which may determine if he gets another shot at the title.
Both Thomson and Fodor are looking to get back in the win column after each fell short in their last outings. Fodor was riding a five-fight win streak before his setback, while Thomson traded W’s and L’s in his most recent outings. Thomson is a former UFC and Pride vet as well as a former Strikeforce champ, who, despite his last defeat, looks better in each fight. With a list of “who’s who” on his resume and plenty of experience, fans will be in for an exciting and entertaining war from “The Punk”.