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Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez: A 4th Showdown Looms?

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Josh Thomson was the victor in the eyes of several when he last met Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. However, the judges gave Melendez the decision victory in the third match between the two.

Thomson is now saying that Strikeforce has offered him a fourth bout with "El Nino," and he has already accepted. Thomson recently appeared on MMAjunkie.com Radio where he discussed the possible meeting with Melendez.

"From my understanding, they're going to offer him the rematch, and if it doesn't happen, it's not because of me," Thomson said. "I just want everyone to understand that."

Thomson went on say that if Melendez does not accept, and Pat Healy defeats Mizuto Hirota Saturday at Strikeforce: Rockhold Vs. Kennedy, Healy will be offered a shot at Melendez and his title.

Thomson sports a career record of 19-5, including 10 wins in 12 Strikeforce bouts. He has missed several years with injuries, and informed the radio show he feels like he only has two-or-three years left to compete.

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