MMA Junkie Reports:
– 18-2-0 MMA/ 8-1 Strikeforce Record
– 4 Fight Win Streak
– Notable Wins: Josh Thomson, Shinya Aoki, Mitsuhiro Ishida
Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez has signed a multi-fight extension with the promotion, though the terms have not been disclosed.
Melendez is considered by many to be the top “non-Zuffa” lightweight in all of mixed martial arts. He currently is on four-fight win streak, including avenging his two career losses against Josh Thomson and Mitsuhiro Ishida. In his most recent fight, Melendez dominated top Japanese lightweight Shinya Aoki at Strikeforce: Nashville in April of last year.
Although Melendez does not have a scheduled opponent as of yet, Tatsuya Kawajiri is the likely choice, who is coming off an impressive victory over Josh Thomson at DREAM Dynamite last December.