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Melendez vs. Damm for interim Strikeforce 155-lb. title

Gilbert Melendez (14-2) will get his title shot back at Strikeforce "Shamrock vs Diaz" this Saturday in San Jose.

His fight against late replacement Rodrigo Damm (8-2) will be for the interim Strikeforce lightweight title.

Melendez, the previous titleholder, lost to Josh "The Punk" Thomson (16-2) last June via unanimous decision.

Damm last June defeated Jorge Masvidal via TKO at Sengoku in Japan.

The current champ was slated to give Melendez a rematch for the belt at the April 11 event but pulled out on April 1 due to a broken left leg from sparring. Thomson said he hopes to be back from surgery in five to six weeks.


Showtime Bouts:

    • Frank Shamrock (23-9-2) vs. Nick Diaz (18-7)
    • Gilbert Melendez (14-2) vs. Rodrigo Damm (8-2)
    • Scott Smith (14-5) vs. Benji Radach (19-4)
    • Cris "Cyborg" Santos (6-1) vs. Hitomi Akano (14-5)
    • Brett Rogers (8-0) vs. Ron "Abongo" Humphrey (12-0)

    Preliminary Bouts:

    • Luke Rockhold (3-1) vs. Buck Meredith (3-2)
    • Eric Lawson (8-2) vs. Waylon Kennell (4-1)
    • Raul Castillo (5-0) vs. Brandon Michaels (1-2)
    • James Terry (5-1) vs. Zak Bucia (1-1)
    • Jeremy Tavares (0-3) vs. Shingo Kohara (0-0)