Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson III in San Jose, California on May 19th

A lightweight rubber match between current champion, Gilbert Melendez and former champion, Josh Thomson is set for the co-main event at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier in San Jose, California on May 19th, 2012. Both men currently hold a win over the other after two exciting fights.

Melendez, who is considered the number two lightweight in the world, is riding a six-fight winning streak. He picked up a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal in December and prior to that, back-to-back wins over Japanese duo, Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Thomson hasn’t been the most active fighter in recent years, losing to Tatsuya Kawajiri at the New Year’s Eve show in Japan. He was last seen in action just last month taking a not so exciting unanimous decision win over K.J. Noons.

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