Jorge Masvidal under consideration to fight Gilbert Melendez for Strikeforce lightweight title


ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) has confirmed through Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz that BodogFIGHT lightweight competitor Jorge Masvidal is under consideration to receive a shot at the promotion’s lightweight title currently held by Gilbert Melendez on March 29 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion.

The news was first reported in this week’s print edition of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer. According to Meltzer’s report, Koutetsu Boku is the other candidate that’s receiving strong consideration.

The March 29 show, which will be co-promoted by Strikeforce and EliteXC and scheduled to air on Showtime, will be headlined by Frank Shamrock defending his Strikeforce middleweight title against Cung Le.

Masvidal, who currently trains with American Top Team in Florida, is an aggressive fighter who currently has two fights remaining on his contract with BodogFIGHT. However, Bodog is one of Strikeforce’s top sponsors and has loaned its fighters to the promotion in the past. In fact, Masvidal competed under the Bodog banner on Strikeforce’s September show at the Playboy Mansion, where he recorded a first round TKO over veteran Matt Lee.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REMAINDER OF THIS ARTICLE ON SAM CAPLAN’S PROELITE.COM BLOG

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 2 hours ago
  • 0 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with guests Gilbert Melendez, Jorge Masvidal, Chad Laprise and Jesse Taylor.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC lightweight competitor Khabib Nurmagomedov discusses the rehabilitation process on his right knee as well as his intention to face Anthony Pettis in the near future. read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 views

LAS VEGAS -- Jorge Masvidal talks about going after the finish at UFC 178, getting hit by the jab of James Krause, wanting to fight a top 5 opponent at UFC 181, training at ATT, and more. read news >>

  • 8 days ago
  • 0 views

From the time UFC 178 was starting to take shape, lightweight firestarter Donald Cerrone has been linked to the September 27 fight card in Las Vegas, but there has been a revolving door of opponents read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Titan FC will have its lightweight title up for grabs this fall with a pair of former UFC fighters vying for the belt. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

After years of Eddie Alvarez wanting to fight Gilbert Melendez, Melendez thinks Alvarez has fallen off from his peak. There was a time, he says, when Gilbert Melendez thought that Eddie Alvarez was t read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 21 views

UFC top lightweight contender and Nick Diaz training partner Gilbert Melendez believes the UFC 183 match-up between Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva is a win-wi situation for everyone. read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with UFC lightweight contender and “The Ultimate Fighter 20? head coach Gilbert Melendez.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 68 views

The former Strikeforce 185-pound champ said that he wouldn't be against fighting Machida. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza was called out by Lyoto Machida and told Globo that he's up for the challenge. The for read news >>