Gilbert Melendez To Defend Strikeforce Lightweight Title Against Josh Thomson May 19th
After weeks of speculation as to who would be announced to facechampion on May 19th, “El Nino” finally has an opponent, and it’s . Following the tweets from Cesar Gracie, when Gracie announced that Gilbert would be fighting in May, Gracie called out lightweights and , in hopes that they may possibly be offered the opportunity to challenge Melendez for his belt, but those talks faded as quickly as they were onset.
The Strikeforce lightweight division has been in an odd position lately, but after Thomson was able to outpoint fellow top lightweight contender, on the under card of the vs. event, the powers that be have bestowed a title shot to Thomson, which will make it a trilogy between Josh and Melendez, and seeing as that their rivalry stems all the way back to 2008, where they each own a victory over one another, with both previous bouts also being for the championship, should set this fight up as an instant Strikeforce classic.
May 19th marks the date for the scheduled bout, which is to co-headline the event, that also features the conclusion of the ongoing Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament, when finalistsand finally square off to put an end to the Strikeforce heavyweight era.
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