Gilbert Melendez To Defend Title Against Shinya Aoki On April 17th

More great Japanese talent is making its way to the USA, this time in the name of Shinya Aoki, one of the top 155lb fighters in the world. The DREAM Lightweight Champ will make his US debut on April 17th when Strikeforce airs on CBS and it will be top competition right away.<br><br>Top competition in the name of Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez who will defend his title against Aoki on "Saturday Night Fights". Josh Gross of SI.com tweeted news of the match up last night.<br><br>Melendez, who started his career off undefeated before dropping back to back fights has been on fire since the second loss to Josh Thomson. He has won three fights in a row, and has nullified both losses to Thomson and Mitsuhiro Ishida by beating both fighters in rematches.<br><br> Aoki is riding a three win streak and will look to make it four and add a little hardware to his trophy case when he meets up with Melendez.<br><br>The fight has not been made official by Strikeforce but announcements can be expected to be made shortly.