Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki II won’t happen at DREAM’s Dynamite!! NYE show

Strikeforce officials confirmed today after months of speculation that Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez and his counter part over at DREAM, Shinya Aoki will not meet at the Japanese promotions Dynamite!! show on New Year’s Eve after the two sides failed to agree on terms.

Melendez was last seen in action during the first encounter with Shinya Aoki back in April, picking up a unanimous decision win. He took time off after the fight to recoup his body and welcome his newborn child into the world.

Aoki has picked up three wins since losing to Melendez in April, defeating Tatsuya Kawajiri with a devastating submission in July, Marcus Aurelio, and most recently Yokthai Sithoar.

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