Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal
(Strikeforce Lightweight Championship)
Round 1: Melendez and Masvidal take the center of the cage. Melendez moves in and misses with a combination. Masvidal lands an outside leg kick. Melendez lands a jab and right hand. Masvidal goes back to working leg kicks. Melendez lands a solid right hand. Melendez lands a right hand. Masvidal dances on the outside. Masvidal lands a hook to the body. The pace begins to pick up. Melendez is moving in and out. Masvidal working on tring to time him coming in. Melendez lands a right hand and they clinch after Melendez catches a kick. Melendez looks for a guillotine but Masvidal escapes. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 2: Melendez bounces on the outside and misses with a left hook. Melendez pushes forwards with punches. Masvidal avoids most of it. Melendez lands a counter right hand off of a leg kick by Masvidal. Melendez lands a left hook. Masvidal fires off a head kick but Melendez blocks it. Melendez is stalking Masvidal. He lands an uppercut. Masvidal lands a short left hook. Melendez is setting the pace. They exchange. Melendez with hooks to the body. Masvidal misses with a knee an slips but bounces back to his feet. Masvidal lands an outside leg kick. Melendez gets inside with his jab. Masvidal unable to establish his jab. Melendez is beating him to the punch. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 3: They bounce in front of each other before Melendez moves in with a combination. Melendez shoots in for a takedown and Masvidal sprawls. Melendez landing to the body and head. He begins to let his right hand go more frequently. Masvidal lands a jumping knee but Melendez takes it. Melendez moves in and gets hit by a right hand that knocks out the champion’s mouth piece. Melendez landing punches while Masvidal talks to him. Masvidal lands a big left hook to the body and a left hook. Melendez is the busier fighter, dictating the exchanges. Masvidal begins to move forward. Melendez moves him back with a right hand. Masvidal misses with a spinning back kick to the body as the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 4: Melendez moves in with a double left jab. Masvidal waits for Melendez to come in and tries to counter punch. Melendez getting the better of the exchange, though. Melendez throws another double jab followed by a right hand. Melendez lands a right hand. Masvidal changes his stance and is fighting southpaw. He lands a straight left. Melendez walks him down and lands a right hand before backing away. Masvidal switches his stance back. He lands his jab. Melendez puts together a 1-2 combination. They exchange. Melendez with a right hand. Masvidal’s jab landing more often. The closest round of the fight. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 5: The final round begins with Melendez pumping his jab. Melendez looked for a takedown and changes levels to land a right hand. Masvidal lands an uppercut to the body. He moves in with a jumping knee. Melendez answers with a left hand and a combination. Masvidal lands a hard outside leg kick. Masvidal eats a right hand. He lands a left hand that backs up Melendez. Melendez lands two right hands. At the halfway mark, they’re in the center of the cage. Melendez able to stick and move. Masvidal attempts a flying knee. Melendez counters with a right hand. Melendez letting punches go. They exchange during the last minute. Standing toe-to-toe, Melendez wins the exchange. Masvidal goes for a takedown and gets it. Melendez immediately gets back to his feet. They’re tied up along the fence at the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
The judges score the fight unanimously for Melendez. The scorecards read: 50-45, 50-45, 49-46.