Monday, April 2, 2012

Gilbert Melendez vs Josh Thomson III Signed for May and Why The Worlds #1 Lightweight Belongs In The UFC.

According to Mauro Renello, Gilbert Melendez will be defending his Strikeforce lightweight title against Josh Thomson on May 19th at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier, live from San Jose Ca. Arguably the #1 Lightweight in the world Gilbert Melendez has won six fights in a row over top light weights Tatsuya Kawajiri, Shinya Aoki, Jorge Masvidal, as well as the man he will face on May 19th Josh "the Punk" Thomson. 

Thomson has won three of his last 4 and is the last man to beat Gilbert Melendez back at Strikeforce:Evolution in December of 2009. But the Punk's been plagued by injuries ever since, and coming off a lack luster win over KJ Noons at Strikeforce:Tate vs Rousey. Finds himself with a surprise chance to regain his title. I say surprise, because I don't think anyone was really clamoring for this rematch, as previous to his win over KJ Noons, Thomson was easily handled by Kawajiri at K1-Dynamite 2010. The same Kawajiri, that Melendez crushed at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley.

Since Zuffa bought Strikeforce in March of last year the only person who has seen the literal application of Dana White's "business as usual" approach is "El Nino" Gilbert Melendez. With Overeem, Shields, Henderson, and Diaz all gone to the UFC, it looked as though it was only a matter of time until we saw Melendez get to test himself against the best, in the deepest division in the sport. But here we are over a year later and watching Melendez fighting the same guy he's already fought twice in the last two years.

Thomson is one and one in his last two and is getting a title shot against the #1 lightweight in the world and that's not right. It's time we see Melendez in the UFC against Edgar, Henderson and Co. hopefully a decisive win over Thomson will do just that. As the pickings just get slimmer going forward for Strikeforce.        

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