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Gina Carano’s Return, Melendez vs. Masvidal Targeted for Dec. 17 Strikeforce Event

A lightweight title fight between champion Gilbert Melendez and Jorge Masvidal and the return of Gina Carano are targeted to headline a December 17 Strikeforce event on Showtime, according to The Wrestling Observer.

Carano (7-1) hasn’t fought since suffering a first-round TKO to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos more than two years ago in Aug. 2009 after withdrawing from her planned return against Sarah D’Alelio in June.

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.

The Dec. 17 event will end a three-month gap between major events for Strikeforce after the Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals on Sept. 10, featuring Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva vs. Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov.

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