Gilbert Melendez Still in Strikeforce, Defends Title Against Jorge Masvidal

October 11, 2011

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If Gilbert Melendez is going to fight UFC champion Frankie Edgar, he’s going to have to earn it with at least one more title defense in Strikeforce.

As announced by the promotion, Strikeforce will indeed keep its lightweight champion as Melendez will face Jorge Masvidal on Dec. 17 to headline the upcoming Strikeforce show in San Diego.

Over the past couple of weeks, it has been discussed that Melendez would make his way to the UFC and compete in its lightweight division, possibly facing the winner of last weekend’s fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

Well now it appears that Melendez is staying put in Strikeforce for at least one more fight.

Following UFC president Dana White’s announcement about Melendez joining the promotion, Masvidal said that he was assured he would still be fighting for the Strikeforce lightweight title in December.

“The fight’s on,” Masvidal stated. “From what me and my camp understand, the bout’s still on. I just signed bout agreements like two weeks ago.”

Looks like Masvidal was right all along.

The fight between Melendez and Masvidal will headline the upcoming Strikeforce card set for Dec. 17 from California with several other fights also rumored for the card, including the return of top women’s star Gina Carano. will have more details on the Dec. 17 Strikeforce event when it becomes available.

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