SAN JOSE, California – Former UFC veteran Josh Thomson will be co-headlining Bellator 172 against fellow top lightweight contender Patricky Freire.
According to this report, the two men are set to be the feature fight to precede the card’s banner fight between heavyweight mixed martial arts legend Fedor Emelianenko and another former UFC veteran Matt Mitrione. The event is slated to take place on February 18 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Thomson left the UFC and signed with Bellator in mid-2015 after a three-fight losing streak. “The Punk” says his reason for leaving the most prominent MMA organization in the world was the opportunity to make more money. Fortunately for him, Bellator made a more attractive offer which he immediately accepted.
In September of that same year, Thomson made his Bellator debut against Mike Bronzoulis and won via third round submission. He went on to carry his winning ways by defeating Pablo Villaseca via second round knockout last December.
Freire, meanwhile, has been a familiar name among Bellator fans for a long time now. Since he began his career with the organization in 2011, “Pitbull” fought in tournaments for the lightweight world title. Though unsuccessful, he has had the opportunity to face the toughest opponents such as former Bellator and UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and current Bellator 155-pound champion Michael Chandler. His last fight was against Chandler last June, where he lost via first round knockout.
This Bellator 172 co-main event fight is rightfully expected to be a battle of the veterans. Not only do both men have excellent striking skills, they also hold black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which means they could weather the storm should the fight end up going to the ground.
Entering Bellator 172, more eyes are expectedly on Josh Thomson who is gunning for MMA gold upon leaving a big organization. Will he finally get to achieve this much-coveted goal?