Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce Barnett vs. CormierStrikeforce on Wednesday firmed up the full Showtime main card for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy slated for Sept. 29 in Sacramento, Calif.

The main event, of course, features Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez putting his belt on the line against top contender Pat Healy.

“There’s no doubt that Gilbert Melendez is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but he’s facing a tough test when he defends the Strikeforce lightweight title against Pat Healy in Sacramento,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said.

“Pat has been around the sport a long time and has put together an impressive winning streak. This is the biggest fight of his life and he doesn’t want to waste this opportunity.”

The rest of the card is fleshed out by several Strikeforce veterans and dotted with some new faces as well.

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Guto Inocente looks to keep his perfect record intact as he faces the always-dangerous Gian Villante.

Josh Thomson, fresh off of a split decision loss to Melendez, returns to the cage to square off with impressive lightweight prospect Caros Fodor, who lost to Healy his last time out.

Mike Kyle is back in the cage after having a submission loss to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante turned to a “no contest” after Feijao tested positive for a banned substance. He faces Strikeforce newcomer and Alistair Overeem training partner Dion Staring, who is riding a five-fight winning streak and has more than 30 bouts to his credit.

Isaac Vallie-Flagg carries an 11-fight unbeaten streak with him into the cage to face Brazilian Adriano Martins, who makes his promotional debut on the strength of a 23-6 professional record.

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy airs live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET (delayed on the West Coast) with the preliminary fight card live on Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets are currently on sale.

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

Related News

Titan FC 43 slated for Jan. 21 with Jose Torres vs. Pedro Nobre title fight

  • 29 days ago
  • 10 views

The lineup is taking shape for Titan FC’s first event of 2017, and a title fight tops the bill.Filed under: News read news >>

Video: 'Countdown to UFC 207' full episode with Nunes vs. Rousey, Cruz vs. Garbrandt

  • 28 days ago
  • 125 views

Did you miss the debut of “Countdown to UFC 207,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full episode now.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Full UFC 207 salaries: Ronda Rousey slated for $3 million flat payday

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

Win or lose, UFC 207 headliner Ronda Rousey is going home with a disclosed payday of $3 million.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Champ Blagoy Ivanov vs. Shawn Jordan slated for WSOF 35 on Feb. 25

  • 22 days ago
  • 19 views

The heavyweight title will be on the line next month at WSOF 35.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Bobby Nash replaces Yancy Medeiros, meets Li Jingliang at UFC on FOX 23

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC newcomer Bobby Nash has replaced Yancy Medeiros and is slated to meet fellow welterweight Li Jingliang at UFC on FOX 23.Filed under: News read news >>

UFC Fight Night London Snags Top 10 Light Heavyweight Showdown | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 44 views

UFC Fight Night 108, which is slated for March 18 in London, has landed a battle between two Top 10 light heavyweights. read news >>

Video: 'Countdown to UFC Fight Night 103' full episode with Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J. Penn

  • 15 days ago
  • 42 views

Did you miss the debut of “Countdown to UFC Fight Night 103,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full episode now.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Ev Ting vs. Kamal Shalorus headlines ONE Championship 52 in Malaysia

  • 15 days ago
  • 15 views

Some familiar lightweights are slated for next month’s “ONE Championship 52: Throne of Tigers” headliner in Malaysia.Filed under: News read news >>

Marloes Coenen vs. Julia Budd title fight slated for Bellator 174

  • 15 days ago
  • 11 views

Just three weeks after the UFC crows its inaugural women’s featherweight champion, Bellator will do the same.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Ex-champ Liam McGeary vs. Chris Fields slated for Bellator 173 on Feb. 24

  • 14 days ago
  • 14 views

Former Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary is slated for his post-title return bout.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>