According to sources, Stirkeforce has signed British fighter and Pride veteran James Thompson to face Paul Buentello next week. The bout highlights a card already featuring Josh Thomson, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, Tony Fryklund, Vernon “Tiger” White, Bobby Southworth, Cung Le and more.
Despite a disappointing loss to Andre Arlovski at UFC 55, that has been Buentello’s only loss in his past nine fights. He headlined the last Strikeforce card in October, knocking out David “Tank” Abbott in just 43 seconds.
Thompson is a multi-time Pride veteran with an 11-5 record. But, he is coming off of a three-fight losing streak and will be looking to try and make a turnaround at the Triple Threat event. Buentello will be a tall order, however.
I still wish Buentello would of stayed in the UFC since the HW division needs all it can get. Buentello was a top contendor in the UFC HW div too.