Gilbert Melendez Signs a New Multi-Year Deal With Strikeforce


Two-time STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight Champion (155 pounds), Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (18-2), has signed a new, multi-year agreement with the San Jose, Calif. based world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion.

“STRIKEFORCE is my home, they’ve always been like family to me and I’m looking forward to continuing my career with them,” said the talented, exciting, 5-foot-9, 27-year-old protégé of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Cesar Gracie and Muay Thai legend Jongsanan Fairtex. “There are a lot of great fights out there for me — lots of challenges. I can’t wait to get back into the cage, do my thing and show the world that I’m still at the top of my game.’’

Universally recognized as one of the top 155-pounders in the world, Melendez has won four in a row and five of six.

Melendez of San Francisco, by way of Santa Ana, Calif., last fought on April 17, 2010, retaining the STRIKEFORCE belt with a dominant, lopsided five-round decision over Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki in Nashville, Tenn., live on The CBS Television Network.

The impressive, one-sided triumph over the highly regarded Aoki came in Melendez’ first title defense since he regained the STRIKEFORCE crown with a hard-earned, hard-fought unanimous five- round decision over the fighter that had dethroned him, Josh Thomson, on Dec. 19, 2009, at HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif.

Melendez, who turned pro on Oct. 18, 2002, and won his initial 13 starts, owns other notable victories over MMA standouts Aoki, Clay Guida andTatsuya Kawajiri. Melendez captured the STRIKEFORCE interim lightweight belt with a second-round knockout (punches) over Rodrigo Damm on April 11, 2009, in San Jose.

“I’m healthy again and excited about fighting again real soon,’’ the personable, charismatic Melendez said. “It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just want to get back in there and rip.’’


  1. ironcjb82

    February 7, 2011 at 3:58 am

    yeah stay away from the real 155'ers in the UFC. Good job Gilbert ! lol.

  2. Flying Armbar

    February 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Would you rather be first in the minors or just another struggling fighter in the Pro's?

  3. Oswald Gobblecock

    February 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

    They probably offered him more money…he would without a doubt be the UFC champ.

  4. Flying Armbar

    February 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Coulda, woulda, shoulda

    without a doubt, we'll never know cause he's hiding in the Minor League. What a fuking CHICKEN


    February 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

    just keep crushing cans in strikeforce and pretend your testing yourself. You have beaten every guy in the division. what a joke.

  6. MMA maniac

    February 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Flying armbar say chicken to his face. Why dont you go run a mile in 6 minutes and do 50 push ups and than get back on the keyboard and talk more crap

  7. CobraClutch

    February 8, 2011 at 10:03 am

    No, he's chicken for signing with a pussy leauge.

    Imagine if Anderson Silva signed with Bellator, so he "Could face anyone they put in front of him"

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