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03-01-2010, 09:59 PM
Status: wouldn't fight Fedor
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Milledgeville, GA
| | Gilbert Melendez vs Shinya Aoki Strikeforce title fight set for April
A bout between lightweight champions Gilbert Melendez and Shinya Aoki is locked for Strikeforce’s April 17 event at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn., confirmed a source with direct knowledge of the bout. |
Josh Gross, of Sports Illustrated, was the first to report Monday of the matchup. Sherdog.com has confirmed independently that the bout has been signed.
Aoki, Sherdog.com’s No. 2 lightweight, and Melendez, ranked at No. 8, will vie for the latter’s Strikeforce 155-pound title. Aoki’s Dream title will not be up for grabs. If warranted, sources have indicated a rematch of the bout has been proposed to take place in Dream’s ring under their varied regulations at a later date.
Melendez-Aoki will be one of three championship bouts offered at the April 17 event, which will air live on CBS. Gegard Mousasi will defend his light heavyweight title against undefeated wrestler Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, while Jake Shields will meet two-division Pride titleholder Dan Henderson in a 185-pound championship match.
Melendez, who turns 27 on April 12, unified the promotion’s lightweight titles with a five-round “fight of the year” contender against Josh Thomson last December in San Jose, Calif.
The 26-year-old Aoki grasped the Dream lightweight championship with a second-round armbar against Joachim Hansen at Dream 11 last October. The flamboyant submission artist snapped Sengoku champion Mizuto Hirota’s arm with an unconventional hammerlock in only 77 seconds at K-1 “Dynamite” on New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Japan.
Mousasi vs King Mo, Henderson vs Shields, and now this? Strikeforce is still kind of a mess, but I do appreciate a good stacked-ass card.
Source: Aoki-Melendez Signed for April 17 Strikeforce
3-4 in sig bets. FUCK me.
03-02-2010, 02:07 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
I think strikeforce is starting to shape up. They actually have multiple fights on each card i wanna see. This coming card I think is awesome, but they need to set up contenders and ranked divisions. There is no order to the fights, they just put on the best fight they can in each weight class. This makes for good fights, but its hard to see who is next in line and, really hurts the importance of the fight to that division. Hopefully they start fixing that as the divisions get deeper. Its exciting to see someone actually take the number two spot and compete with UFC. hopefully it will at least change how the UFC does business, but I doubt it.
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