It was confirmed today that former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and UFC top contender Josh Thomson has signed a multi-year, multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA.
Josh Thomson has a MMA record of 20–8 (1) and has won one out of his last four fights in the UFC. Thomson had two split decision losses in the UFC one to Benson Henderson and the second one to Bobby Green. Thomson most recent loss was to Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 71 this past July in San Diego, California.
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker stated:
“I had the pleasure of working with Josh in Strikeforce and I look forward to continuing this relationship in Bellator MMA. Josh is a world-class mixed martial artist and we are very happy to be adding him to our roster of some of the best lightweights in the world,” . “Bellator remains fully committed to building its roster by signing top free agents like Thomson, as well as grooming up-and-coming blue-chip stars. We have some amazing matchups in mind for “The Punk” that we hope to be announcing in the weeks to come.”
Josh Thomson commented on his Bellator MMA signing in the press released stating:
“I’m over here reading this UFC reporter saying that they’ve declined to re-sign me when the truth of the matter is that they’ve been trying to re-sign me for my last two fights. I declined and instead chose to fight out my contract and test the free agency market with Bellator. At that point, Bellator made me an offer that the UFC was unable to match given their relationships with FOX and Reebok. It’s a done deal, I’m back working with Coker, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back to an organization that is trending upwards with fighter-friendly contracts. Any intelligent fighter is going to go where the money is, and for me the money was at Bellator.”
Josh Thomson signs with Bellator MMA