UFC lightweight contender Nate Diaz
UFC lightweight contender Nate Diaz

UFC officials have announced a lightweight bout for the upcoming UFC on FOX 7 card that’s set for April 20 in San Jose, California. Former number one contender Nate Diaz (16-8)has agreed to face former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (19-5).

The event will take place at the HP Pavilion and will be headlined by the UFC lightweight title fight between champion Ben Henderson and the last Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. The co-main event will feature a heavyweight bout between Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix winner Daniel Cormier and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Nate Diaz comes into this fight off his unanimous decision tight fight loss to Ben Henderson at the UFC on FOX 5 event in December. Diaz had rattled off three consecutive wins since returning from a stint in the welterweight division.

Josh Thomson comes into this fight off his split decision loss to Gilbert Melendez in May 2012 for the Strikeforce lightweight title. Thomson is (3-2) in his last five fights and has battled a series of injuries in his career.

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