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Gilbert Melendez to Defend Strikeforce Title Against Jorge Masvidal in Late Fall

Gilbert MelendezStrikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez will defend the lightweight title against Jorge Masvidal at a Strikeforce event that is likely for November or December, MMAFighting reported Friday.

Melendez (19-2) made his latest title defense with a first-round TKO of Tatsuya Kawajiri in April for his fifth-straight win, while Masvidal (22-6) earned a shot at the belt with a unanimous decision over KJ Noons in June.

Strikeforce has not announced any major events after its Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals card on September 10 in Cincinnati, but is expected to host another event on Showtime before the end of the year that would feature Melendez-Masvidal.

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