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Friday, May 9, 2014
UFC adds Thomson-Johnson fight

By Brett Okamoto
ESPN.com

A high-profile UFC lightweight bout between Josh Thomson and Michael Johnson has been added to a July 26 event in San Jose, California.

The bout will take place during the televised event at SAP Center. UFC officials confirmed the news on Friday.

Thomson (20-6) is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to Ben Henderson in January, during which he suffered a thumb injury that required surgery. Thomson, 35, hinted at a potential retirement after the fight but ultimately decided against it.

Fighting out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Thomson is the No. 6-ranked lightweight in the world according to ESPN.com. The former Strikeforce champion has alternated wins and losses in his last six bouts.

Johnson (15-8) will look to continue a recent surge that has him on a three-fight win streak.

A former contestant on "The Ultimate Fighter reality series, Johnson has compiled a 7-4 record in the Octagon, including three knockouts. He is coming off a unanimous decision win over Melvin Guillard in March.