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Strikeforce Live Blog: Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Updates

SAN DIEGO --This is the Strikeforce live blog for Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri, a lightweight bout on tonight's Strikeforce on Showtime event at the Valley View Casino Center.

Melendez (18-2)'s last fight was a year ago, a successful title defense against Shinya Aoki. Kawajiri (27-6-2) is coming off a New Year's Eve win over former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson.

The live blog is below.

Round 1: Kawajiri lunges forward with a left hook and Melendez nails him with a right hand counter behind the ear that rocks him. Kawajiri recovers, but Melendez ducks under another punch and into the clinch, where he fires off some hard knees. They separate and Melendez rocks him again. Kawajiri is in trouble. Melendez goes after him on the ground and tries to finish, but Kawajiri hangs tough and defends. They go back to the center and Melendez pounds him with the right yet again. Kawajiri shoots and Melendez counters with a right uppercut. Kawajiri falls to his back and Melendez hammers him with elbows. Kawajiri has no defense, and referee Cecil People mercifully steps in to stop it. Dominant performance from Melendez.

Gilbert Melendez def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via TKO (strikes) at 3:14 of round 1

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