Gilbert Melendez Expected to Return to Strikeforce May 19

March 12, 2012

It looks like Gilbert Melendez will return to action on May 19 as part of the upcoming Strikeforce card, which will also feature the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Sources indicated during the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey card that Melendez could be on tap for the May 19 show, but nothing had been confirmed at the time.

Now it appears that Melendez is locked in for the show, but he’s currently awaiting an opponent to be named.

Melendez’s coach and trainer Cesar Gracie also took to Twitter to confirm the news, and asked for a couple of specific opponents. UFC opponents to be exact.

“Gil is fighting May 19,” wrote Gracie. “I hope (B.J.) Penn or (Anthony) Pettis.”

The current agenda for Strikeforce’s lightweight division has remained up in the air ever since Melendez last defended his title in December in a decision victory over Jorge Masvidal.

Two lightweight contenders competed at the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey card with Josh Thomson picking up a win over K.J. Noons, while Pat Healy defeated Caros Fodor.

Unfortunately, it appears neither fighter has impressed the Strikeforce brass enough to lock them in for a title shot against Melendez as of yet. will have more information on Melendez’s opponent when it becomes available.

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