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Diaz vs. Daley, Melendez vs. Kawajiri Title Bouts Set for April 9 Strikeforce

Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and lightweight titleholder Gilbert Melendez will put their titles on the line against Paul Daley and Tatsuya Kawajiri, respectively, on the April 9 Strikeforce card in San Diego, Calif.

Additionally, the card at the Valley View Casino Center will feature a 205-pound showdown between DREAM light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi and American Kickboxing Academy product Mike Kyle.

Strikeforce announced the bouts Wednesday alongside the postponement of the heavyweight tournament from April 9 to June 18.

This past January Diaz (24-7) successfully defended his Strikeforce belt for the second time when he submitted Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos with a second-round armbar. Daley (27-9) made his Strikeforce debut last December with a brutal first-round knockout over Scott Smith. Daley returned to action over the weekend and added another KO to his record, finishing DEEP champion Yuya Shirai in the first round at BAMMA 5 in Manchester, England.

Melendez (18-2) last competed in April 2010 when he pitched a five-round shutout against DREAM champion Shinya Aoki on the Strikeforce-CBS card in Nashville. Melendez was supposed to give Aoki a rematch next in Japan on New Year's Eve but the fight fell apart due to contractual issues. Kawajiri (27-6), who lost to Melendez at PRIDE Shockwave on New Year's Eve 2006, is coming off a decision win against Josh Thomson at Dynamite!! 2010.

When Mousasi (30-3-1) last fought for Strikeforce in April, he dropped his Strikeforce light heavyweight title to Muhammed "King Mo' Lawal. Mousasi returned to Japan for two more fights in 2010 and won the DREAM light heavyweight title. Kyle (18-8-1) took a fight on short notice in December and lost to Antonio Silva in a heavyweight bout.