Many did not expect Strikeforce to last this long after the Zuffa buyout of the organization and although the heavyweight division was moved to the Octagon it appears Strikeforce will remain a force in the MMA world and they will do so with their lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez who many expected would have been moved to the UFC by now considering most of his Strikeforce performances and worldwide standing.
“Strikeforce is not going anywhere." UFC president Dana White stated. "And Gilbert Melendez is not going anywhere. He will fight again on Showtime.”
Despite an unimpressive performance in his last title defense against his cage rival James Thompson, Gilbert Melendez has proven himself in the past as a top ten lightweight in the world and although he has not fought the best competition the division has to offer it appears he will have to wait longer for his chance to porve himself as the number one 155=pound fighter in the world.
It is unknown at this time who Melendez will defend his title against when he does fight on Shotime but according to Dana White he will be fighting on Shotime again in the future. For more news on this subject and all things MMA stay connected with www.MMAMATRIX.com.
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