Gilbert Melendez Out; Jorge Masvidal vs. Pat Healy Likely for Final Strikeforce Show

November 27, 2012

With Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez still sidelined by a shoulder injury, Jorge Masvidal has been tapped to face Pat Healy at Strikeforce: Champions in January.

Sources close to the match-up confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that verbal agreements are in place for the lightweight contest headed to Oklahoma City on Jan 12.

Jorge Masvidal has been looking for a fight ever since his last bout in Strikeforce in July, but two show cancellations didn’t help him much.

Now the American Top Team fighter will get the chance to earn a big win in the final Strikeforce show as he faces top lightweight contender Pat Healy.

Healy has twice been scheduled to face champion Gilbert Melendez, and twice the fight has been scrapped due to injury.

Instead of waiting for another shot at Melendez or moving to the UFC, Healy will stay fighting with a bout against Masvidal come January.

Strikeforce officials have yet to announce any changes to the upcoming Jan 12 card, but an updated release for the show is expected to come out soon.

The news of Masvidal vs. Healy was first reported by MMAJunkie.com.