Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy Showtime Main Card Released

August 22, 2012
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Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce Barnett vs. CormierStrikeforce on Wednesday firmed up the full Showtime main card for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy slated for Sept. 29 in Sacramento, Calif.

The main event, of course, features Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez putting his belt on the line against top contender Pat Healy.

“There’s no doubt that Gilbert Melendez is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but he’s facing a tough test when he defends the Strikeforce lightweight title against Pat Healy in Sacramento,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said.

“Pat has been around the sport a long time and has put together an impressive winning streak. This is the biggest fight of his life and he doesn’t want to waste this opportunity.”

The rest of the card is fleshed out by several Strikeforce veterans and dotted with some new faces as well.

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Guto Inocente looks to keep his perfect record intact as he faces the always-dangerous Gian Villante.

Josh Thomson, fresh off of a split decision loss to Melendez, returns to the cage to square off with impressive lightweight prospect Caros Fodor, who lost to Healy his last time out.

Mike Kyle is back in the cage after having a submission loss to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante turned to a “no contest” after Feijao tested positive for a banned substance. He faces Strikeforce newcomer and Alistair Overeem training partner Dion Staring, who is riding a five-fight winning streak and has more than 30 bouts to his credit.

Isaac Vallie-Flagg carries an 11-fight unbeaten streak with him into the cage to face Brazilian Adriano Martins, who makes his promotional debut on the strength of a 23-6 professional record.

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy airs live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET (delayed on the West Coast) with the preliminary fight card live on Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets are currently on sale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.hutton.5 coreyhutton

    Once more, how about just a fight card listing.
    Don’t need to read through someones needlessly over winded writing.

    • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

      The rumors page is where they put just the fight card listing without the background info. The event link in the first paragraph will take you right there.

  • pooby

    zzzzzzzzzzz…….huh? wha?……hmmm…….zzzzzzzzzzzz

  • maddawgmar

    I feel bad for Gil. Having to fight these no names. This guy wants to test himself against the top fighters in the world, but is constantly being fed to lesser fighter. All it takes is one punch to ruin his ranking. Just dissolve Strikeforce into the UFC already.

    • RonnieV

      Healy is no cupcake! He has more experience than most UFC lightweights. He’s not a big name, but look at his resume. At Welterweight he has wins over Condit, Hardy, and a decision loss to Ellenberger. He’s also on a five fight win streak. Gil will have his hands full with Healy. I would think that Melendez will be fighting UFC top contenders after this fight (if he wins). If they can bring Frank Mir over to fight the champ, they can bring a Top 10 lightweight over to fight Melendez.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Beaver

    I don’t think Melendez could handle any of the top 5 UFC LW’s…I’ve never really thought Melendez was that impressive. Unfortunately he wont be leaving strikeforce until the ShowTime deal is over…then we will see. Who knows I may eat my words…doubt it…but we will see…

  • goleta83

    I agree with Corey

  • joeshine

    Pat healy is a bum not a championship opponent. what a joke. Healy has no fans he ain’t no good. what a terrible fight.

    • RonnieV

      You are clueless dude!

  • horaceharter

    Josh Thompson is a way better opponent for Gilbert than the poor excuse in pat Healy. come on Healy is dull and terrible.