World-ranked lightweight Gilbert Melendez now has a date and opponent for his next Strikeforce title defense.

Strikeforce officials announced Wednesday that Melendez will face Pat Healy in the main event of the Zuffa-owned organization’s Sept. 29 offering at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif.

The Showtime-broadcast event will also see Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix winner Daniel Cormier square off with an as-yet-unannounced opponent in the co-headliner. The main card airs on the premium cable channel at 7 p.m. ET and will be immediately preceded by an undercard special on sister channel Showtime Extreme.

Melendez, 30, topped Josh Thomson in their May 19 rubber match, taking a hard-fought split decision from his onetime sparring partner. The win marked the seventh consecutive victory for “El Nino,” who successfully defended his title twice in 2011, dominating former Shooto titlist Tatsuya Kawajiri before outpointing the game Jorge Masvidal last December.

Healy also rides a considerable winning streak into his showdown with Melendez. “Bam Bam” posted three victories in 2011, outpointing Lyle Beerbohm, Eric Wisely and Maximo Blanco. The Oregon native has won twice thus far in 2012, submitting AMC Pankration standout Caros Fodor prior to edging Deep champion Mizuto Hirota in Portland, Ore., just 11 days ago.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

White: UFC 'holding a date' at Madison Square Garden for NY show around Christmas 2015

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

Rumors that the UFC may be looking for a debut event in New York late this year appear to be confirmed, as Dana White says the promotion has a date reserved in late December at MSG. While talk of a B read news >>

UFC 185: 'Smug, arrogant' Alistair Overeem gets no love from gym 'Meathead'

  • 23 days ago
  • 803 views

Meatheads like beef. Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 265-pound contender Alistair Overeem has a habit of making friends wherever he trains. An read news >>

UFC on FOX 15's Luke Rockhold: I believe I'm the best fighter in the world

  • 24 days ago
  • 13 views

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has long been considered one of the best 185-pound fighters in the world. By the time this year is over, the 30-year-old aims to prove he’s the read news >>

Carla Esparza would like to defend her UFC title two, three times a year at most

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

Carla Esparza talks about becoming the first ever UFC women’s strawweight champion and her ideal yearly schedule.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Video: 'Confident' Dana White holding date for Madison Square Garden UFC event in 2015

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

"You've heard me say this many times, and I'm going to say it again: I'm very confident that it might happen this year. I'm actually really confident this year. Lorenzo (Fertitta), Lawrence Epstein, read news >>

UFC Holding December Date in New York After Speaker Resigns | MMAWeekly.com

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

After a seemingly endless struggle, could 2015 be the year that mixed martial arts gains sanctioning in New York? read news >>

Dana White: UFC holding 2015 date at Madison Square Garden in New York

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

We’ve been down this road before. But this time … maybe this time … it might happen. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White: UFC holding date for event at Madison Square Garden in late 2015

  • 25 days ago
  • 10 views

It might be a White Christmas in the Big Apple this year and not just because of the snow. UFC president Dana White told Inside MMA on Friday that the promotion is so confident about MMA being legali read news >>

Bellator middleweight champ Brandon Halsey meets Kendall Grove at Bellator 137 on May 15

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Bellator MMA middleweight champion Brandon Halsey will look to defend his title for the first time when he meets Kendall Grove at Bellator 137.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>