The first round began when Jorge Masvidal landed a leg kick and Gilbert Melendez countered with an overhand right. Jorge Masvidal taunted and left his chin out calling for Melendez to throw on him. Melendez landed another overhand right. Masvidal landed several jabs and a jumping knee. Gilbert is dropped after a well timed leg kick. Masvidal continued to throw jabs a kick is caught. Melendez takes Masvidal down and then comes up with a standing guillotine. Masvidal ate several knees to the face before escaping. The round ended with them feeling each other out.
Melendez opens the second round with punches. Masvidal worked to establish his jab. High kick from Masvidal is blocked by Melendez. Malsvidal is getting picked apart against the fence. Leg kick-1-2 from Melendez. Melendez landed a leg kick. Masvidal with a digging body punch and knee in response. Melendez settled into his pace midway through the round and landed unanswered jabs. The round ended with Melendez landing a jab.
In the later rounds the fight slowed to a crawl. Jorge Masvidal just didn't have any desire to push the fight and allowed Gilbert Melendez to pick him off for rounds three and four. In the final round Masvidal fought with urgency but it was too little too late. Gilbert Melendez' victory was certain.
Gilbert Melendez defends his belt and picks up a unanimous decision win. In his post-fight interview he called for UFC fighters to challenge him in the hexagon. Jorge Masvidal was unimpressive and picks up a loss after two wins in Strikeforce. He is 4-1 in Strikeforce.