Tatsuya Kawajiri will still be facing Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley on April 9 with the Strikeforce lightweight title on the line.

Japan has been an uncertain place over the past couple of weeks since the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck the island have now claimed over 9,000 lives with more than 13,000 people still missing.

The tragedy has affected everyone in Japan on some level. UFC middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama opted to stay home and not fight at UFC 128 last weekend after the situation in his home country.

Strikeforce officials confirmed with MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday, however, that Kawajiri will still participate on the April 9 show.

Kawajiri, who trains with the T-Blood team in Japan, enters the fight after dispatching of former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson at Dream’s New Year’s Eve show in Japan to close out 2010.

This will be the second time Kawajiri has faced Melendez. The pair first met in Pride in late 2006 with Melendez coming out on top by unanimous decision.

Kawajiri will undoubtedly compete with a purpose and a heavy heart as he fights for Japan when he faces Melendez on April 9.


Damon Martin is the lead staff writer and radio host for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.


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

Related News

Gilbert Melendez on Reebok deal: 'It's a bummer to see'

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez is one of the fighters who will really be left out in the cold by the UFC's new Reebok deal and he's not terribly pleased about it. Even before the tiers wer read news >>

Gilbert Melendez may be a veteran fighter, but he%26#x2019;s far from finished (Yahoo Sports)

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

From Yahoo Sports: Melendez, 33, takes on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 on Saturday to prove he’s still got it. read news >>

UFC 188: 'Intelligent' Gilbert Melendez more elite than aggressive Eddie Alvarez

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

Can "El Nino" outsmart the former Bellator champion inside the Octagon? The long-awaited showdown between two former lightweight champions is set to go down as Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce) takes on read news >>

Gilbert Melendez may be a veteran fighter, but he%26#x2019;s far from finished (Yahoo Sports)

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

From Yahoo Sports: Melendez, 33, takes on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 on Saturday to prove he’s still got it. read news >>

Eddie Alvarez: 'I'm Going to Make Gilbert Melendez Pay for Wanting to Fight Me'

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez are set to handle their business at UFC 188 on Saturday night in Mexico City. There is a large amount of buzz surrounding the clash between two of the elite lightwe read news >>

Eddie Alvarez interview on Gilbert Melendez: 'He's in for a rude awakening,' a 'bit nervous' for UFC 188 fight

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

The former Bellator Lightweight king aims to climb the ladder of the UFC's 155-pound division, after suffering a loss in his Octagon debut. Alvarez meets longtime rival Gilbert Melendez at UFC 188, w read news >>

UFC 188 Video: Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez Full Countdown Show

  • 27 days ago
  • 19 views

Watch UFC 188 co-headliner in Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez get previewed in-depth. UFC 188 is approaching and Zuffa has released their traditional countdown show to preview the upcoming card. S read news >>

Bellator 138: Bobby Lashley Predicting Early Knockout Win over James Thompson

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

In 2009, Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley was something of an oddity. An unknown commodity fighting for a promotion that, similarly, was trying to figure out its own identity. One part legitimat read news >>

Video: 'Countdown to UFC 188: Eddie Alvarez vs. Gilbert Melendez' full segment

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

Did you miss Sunday’s debut of “Countdown to UFC 188,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full segment devoted to co-main event fighters Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez.Filed under: New read news >>

Countdown to UFC 188: Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez

  • 27 days ago
  • 57 views

Go inside the training camps of Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez, as they brace for the UFC 188 showdown fans have talked about for years. read news >>