Gilbert Melendez, who sits atop the Strikeforce heap as its lightweight champion, will attempt to extend his current winning streak to six in a title defense against Jorge Masvidal at Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
He and Masvidal, along with the rest of the fight card, must first weigh in Friday afternoon to make the nine-bout roster official.
Other bouts highlighting the main card include Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos making her return to the cage after more than a year off. She will put her belt on the line against Hiroko Yamanaka, one of the top female featherweights out of Japan. Gegard Mousasi makes his first Strikeforce appearance since spring to try and halt a streaking Ovince St. Preux, while former title contender K.J. Noons faces rising talent Billy Evangelista.
The Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal weigh-ins take place Friday at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
Main Bouts (on Showtime):
-Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155)
-Cris “Cyborg” Santos (145) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145)
-Gegard Mousasi (206) vs. Ovince St-Preux (206)
-K.J. Noons (156) vs. Billy Evangelista (156)
Preliminary Bouts (non-televised):
-Justin Wilcox (156) vs. Caros Fodor (156)
-Jerron Peoples (180.5) vs. Roger Bowling (170)*
-Devin Cole (248) vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones (265)
-Fernando Gonzalez (186) vs. Eddie Mendez (186)
-Herman Terrado (170.5) vs. Chris Brown (170)