by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
(Photo by Greg Ashman)

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson are now officially set to go to war as both fighters made weight on Thursday to make their Strikeforce lightweight championship official. Defending champion Melendez had no problem, but Thomson had to strip down on his second attempt to make weight.

In the other title fight of the night, both Bobby Southworth and Anthony Ruiz made weight without a hitch.

The big story of the weigh-ins was the cancellation of the Joe Riggs-Luke Stewart fight. According to Armando Garcia, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, Riggs was unable to be medically cleared to fight.

Strikeforce vice president Mike Afromowitz later confirmed that Riggs’ denial was due to an undisclosed prescription drug that the fighter voluntarily listed on the medical forms required by the state.

In a quick turn of events, Afromowitz also told MMAWeekly.com that the promotion was successful in lining up Drew Fickett to step in for Riggs. Fickett will now face Luke Stewart in a middleweight bout. Stewart and Riggs had been scheduled to fight at a catch weight of 178 pounds.

Gilbert Melendez- 155
Josh Thomson- 155

Bobby Southworth- 204.5
Anthony Ruiz- 203

Elaina Maxwell- 146
Meisha Tate- 145

Raymond Daniels- 184
Jeremiah Metcalf- 185

Chris Cariaso- 135.5
Anthony Figueroa- 135

Nam Phan- 154
Billy Evangelista- 155

Brian Caraway- 140
Alvin Cacdac- 141

Cyrillo Padhillo- 169
Jesse Jones- 169

Travis Johnson- 205
Jorge Interiano-201

Eric Jacob- 156
Alexander Trivino- 156

Bobby Stack- 155
Jose Palacios- 155

Jesse Gillespe -186
Eric Lawson- 185