Gilbert Melendez Defends Against Pat Healy on September 29th in California

Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez will defend his title against number one contender, Pat Healy on September 29th in Sacramento, California, in what likely will be the main event of the evening. The news was confirmed by sources close to the event, with both men verbally agreeing to the bout.

Melendez was last scene defending his title against bitter rival, Josh Thomson in May. A hard-fought split decision seen his seventh straight victory and gave him the rubber match, 2-1 edge over the Melendez/Thomson trilogy. It also marked his fourth straight title defence.

Healy has earned his shot with five consecutive win under the Strikeforce banner, as well as winning eight of his last nine fights. He most recently picked up a unanimous decision win over Japanese fighter, Mizuot Hirota earlier this month.

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