Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson set for FOX UFC Saturday on July 26
MAY 09, 2014 10:36a ET
After his last fight, a heartbreaking split-decision loss, longtime lightweight star Josh Thomson considered retirement, but "the Punk" isn't quite ready to call it quits yet. Instead, he'll return with a hometown fight against surging Michael Johnson.
The bout takes place as part of the July 26 UFC on FOX event, the promotion confirmed to FOX Sports on Friday.
Thomson is currently ranked No. 3 among UFC lightweight contenders, behind Gilbert Melendez and former champ Benson Henderson. Since returning to the UFC last year, he's split his two fights, knocking out Nate Diaz last April before losing the controversial decision to Henderson in January of this year.
The 35-year-old is 20-6 with 1 no contest in his 13-year career.
For Johnson, the opportunity represents his most significant career challenge and highest-ranked opposition.
Of late, the 27-year-old has been on fire, with dominant wins over Melvin Guillard, Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon. The surge helped him crack the top 10 for the first time.
Johnson is 15-8 in his career.
The July 26 event takes place from the SAP Center. On Thursday, FOX Sports reported Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as the first addition to the card.
The main event is still to be determined, according to UFC officials.