Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Championship Gilbert Melendez is ready to once again be the official lightweight champion of Strikeforce, as he faces current champion Josh Thomson at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15th. Melendez hopes to regain the belt that he lost to Thomson at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson in June of 2008.
“I was Strikeforce champ, and now I’m the interim,” Melendez told Rod Moyer of FightLine.com. “[I’m] fighting Josh Thompson in a rematch, and you know, I think I’m a pretty exciting fighter.”
Melendez had won the title at Strikeforce: Revenge on June 9, 2006, defeating Clay Guida to win the belt. He hopes that by regaining the title, he’ll prove that he is still one of the top fighters in the world.
“I believe I’m still top 10 in the world,” he noted. “At a time, I was the number one 145 pounder in the world, and at a time, number two in the world at 155.”
Melendez isn’t happy with being number two, and said that he was “on a journey to becoming the best.”
On August 15th, Melendez has a chance to take a big step into doing just that.