MMA Junkie Reports:
– 18-2-0 MMA/ 8-1 Strikeforce Record
– 4 Fight Win Streak
– Notable Wins: Josh Thomson, Shinya Aoki, Mitsuhiro Ishida
– 27-6-2 MMA/ Strikeforce Debut
– Won 5 of last 6 Fights
– Notable Wins: Kazunori Yakota, Gesias Cavalcante, Josh Thomson
Strikeforce has added a lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri to their April 9th event. Although nothing is official, the event is likely to take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. A welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley is also expected to take place at this event.
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.
Tatsuya Kawajiri gets a shot a US gold, following a 6-2 record in the Japanese-based DREAM promotion. He was won five of his last six fights, including victories over Geisas Cavalcante, Kazunori Yokota and most recently dominated former Strikeforce champion, Josh Thomson at DREAM’s year-end Dynamite event. Kawajiri’s only loss since 2008, came against Shinya Aoki at DREAM 15, getting caught in a Achilles lock in just a little over a minute in the first round.