Bryant Pangelinan – American Cup Black belt Heavyweight Champion and Open Weight Runner Up
After coming up short in his title challenge against Ben Henderson last month, UFC lightweight Nate Diaz will be returning to the Octagon at UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez (April 20th, San Jose), where he’ll face former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson; CSNBayArea broke the news yesterday.
Thomson hasn’t competed in the UFC since his 2-1 stint for the promotion in 2003-2004, which ended in an unfortunate/incredible highlight-reel knockout against Yves Edwards. Since then, “The Punk” has spent most of his career fighting for Strikeforce, where he built an entertaining rivalry against Diaz’s training partner (and UFC on FOX 7 title challenger) Gilbert Melendez. Thomson briefly held Strikeforce’s lightweight title after winning a decision against Melendez in June 2008, and has picked up wins over Pat Healy, Gesias Cavalcante, and KJ Noons since then. His most recent appearance resulted in a split-decision loss to Melendez during their rubber-match last May.
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Light heavyweight, and former UFC welterweight, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson (13-4) talks about his evolution as a fighter from wrestling to learning to become a striker. Johnson is excited to be featured on the very first World Series of Fighting event this Saturday when he takes on D.J. Linderman in the co-main event of the Las Vegas event. Their bout will air live on NBC Sports.
Cung Le (Bronze Lion) of the RZA’s new film “The Man With The Iron Fists”. Le talks being an MMA fighter, the differences between the octagon and fighting in a kung fu movie and the RZA’s unique style of film making.