The sport of mixed martial arts hasn't yet earned its fair share of coverage from major media sources, and with that, there are often rumors that take a while to get substantiated one way or another.
That was the case on Thursday night when freelance reporter @FrontRowBrian tweeted that former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson had suffered a torn PCL and that his fight with current champion Gilbert Melendez was in jeopardy.
---Breaking--- Josh Thomson has suffered a knee injury and his fight with Gilbert Melendez on 5/19 is in jeopardy @Strikeforce— Brian(@FrontRowBrian) May 11, 2012
The rumor stood and was generally taken as fact by the MMA community, that is, until Thomson himself got around to reading it.
"The Punk" didn't take kindly to the rumor and began going after the reporter from his own Twitter account, @TheRealPunk.
Gotta love when so obscure twitter guy thinks he has the inside scoop on what's going on. Ha! Just another way to get a follower or 2 #troll— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) May 11, 2012
Thomson did not dispute the rumor that he was injured, however, he did make sure to note that he will still be fighting on May 19.
What fighter doesn't have some sort of injury going into a fight? I'm fighting so peoples sources are jokes just like they're websites.— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) May 11, 2012
Ultimately the decision will come down to whether the California State Athletic Commission clears Thomson to fight, but as of right now, fans should assume the scheduled fight for the Strikeforce lightweight title will go on as planned.
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