Thomson(Pictures) may have struck a good balance of
business and pleasure for his forthcoming trip to the Playboy
The reigning Strikeforce lightweight king will now meet Lion's Den
product Ashe Bowman(Pictures) on Strikeforce's second trek to
Hef's House in Los Angeles on Sept. 20 in a three-round, non-title
affair. Strikeforce's Mike Afromowitz confirmed the bout to
The 29-year-old Thomson (15-2) is two months removed from the
biggest win of his pro career, when he earned a lopsided five-round
decision over highly regarded Cesar Gracie(Pictures) pupil Gilbert
Melendez(Pictures) to win the Strikeforce 155-pound
crown. The win pushed the talented Thomson's winning streak to
seven straight since his March 2006 upset loss to Clay Guida(Pictures).
Bowman (6-4) edged out scrappy journeyman Jay Estrada(Pictures) during selections for the
opportunity to face the top-10 ranked Thomson. Winner of six of his
last seven, Bowman has competed largely on the local California
scene under Lion's Den founder Ken Shamrock(Pictures)'s promotional banner.