Gilbert Melendez Will Defend His Strikeforce Belt Against Jorge Masvidal

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Strikeforce announced today that lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will indeed be defending his title against Jorge Masvidal on December 17 as originally planned. Per the promotion's Twitter:

Sorry to keep you waiting folks! @GilbertMelendez WILL be defending his title vs @GamebredFighter in San Diego on Dec. 17. Tix on sale Sat!
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UFC President Dana White had talked last week about bringing Melendez into the UFC "asap" but apparently he'll have to fight at least one more bout with Strikeforce before moving over to the big show. 

Melendez (19-2) is currently ranked #3 in the world at lightweight according to the USA TODAY/MMA Nation Consensus Rankings. Masvidal (22-6) is currently ranked #20.

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