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Gilbert Melendez Signs New Multi-Year Deal with Strikeforce

Loot2011-02-08 10:27:38 +0000 #1
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Strikeforce has wrapped up its lightweight champion for the foreseeable future.

Gilbert Melendez (18-2 MMA, 8-1 SF), a staple of the San Jose, Calif.-based organization and one of the world's top-ranked 155-pound fighters, has signed a new multi-year deal, officials today announced.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

No return date or opponent have been determined for Melendez's next fight, but it could come at a currently planned April 9 event, which also features the second half of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix's opening round.

"Strikeforce is my home, they've always been like family to me, and I'm looking forward to continuing my career with them," the 27-year-old fighter stated. "There are a lot of great fights out there for me – lots of challenges. I can't wait to get back into the cage, do my thing and show the world that I'm still at the top of my game."

Melendez, who trains under Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Cesar Gracie and Muay Thai legend Jongsanan Fairtex, hasn't fought since an April title defense over Shinya Aoki at "Strikeforce; Nashville." It was his fourth consecutive win, which included a decisive unanimous-decision win over Josh Thomson in which Melendez reclaimed his belt.

Along with the likes of Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez and DREAM champ Aoki, Melendez is one of the few top-ranked 155-pounders not employed by the UFC.

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BulldogWrestler2011-02-08 10:36:43 +0000 #2
Great signing for them. Melendez is a great fighter.

Unfortunately, it's not a great signing for the fans. SAme old tired matches over and over that we've seen the past few years.
Loot2011-02-08 10:42:26 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler

Great signing for them. Melendez is a great fighter.

Unfortunately, it's not a great signing for the fans. Same old tired matches over and over that we've seen the past few years.

Yea, I'm always bummed a bit when I see the big fish resign with the smaller pond.

Good job by Strikeforce to hold on to him though. Melendez is 27 and in his prime.
sportsgenius862011-02-08 11:43:53 +0000 #4
apparently he has no interest in competition
bhorrrr2011-02-08 12:14:30 +0000 #5
laaaaaaame.

i mean, i'm all for loyalty, and i'm all for this from strikeforce's side, obviously. i just wanna see him still have fights after crusher and alvarez (which i believe will eventually happen even if it takes a year or two).
QuickJack2011-02-08 11:45:29 +0000 #6
Obviously if he went to the UFC he'd immediately have tougher competition. That said, I think he's got a sweet deal with Strikeforce, and must be happy enough with them to stay. Also, I'd argue that Strikeforce is growing quickly, and might be able to sign some new guys for him to fight soon enough. Just a guess though.

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